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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Sunday attributed the rising number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country to the increased availability of testing and the establishment of additional screening facilities.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines breached 1,000 Saturday.

“As the manufacture and supply of testing kits become available, plus the establishment of additional Covid-19 testing centers, there are more people being tested now than before, necessarily the hitherto unknown cases of Covid-19 have surfaced hence the galloping increase in number,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement.

Panelo also disagreed with some quarters who claimed that the upward trend in positive tests means the enhanced community quarantine has been ineffective in flattening the pandemic curve.

“We beg to disagree. As we have previously stated, the reason for a few reported cases of confirmed cases two weeks ago was because there was a lack of testing kits to ascertain the number of those afflicted with the disease,” according to him.

He added that the number of cases could have been staggering had the month-long lockdown in Luzon not been imposed.

Meanwhile, Panelo assured the public that the government is “doing everything” to slow the virus’ spread in the country.

“The once inadequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) that cost the lives of nine of our doctors and placed others in critical condition has been addressed at, as donations of PPEs (i.e., surgical masks, headgears, face shields, goggles, gloves, protective gowns, and foot covers) coming from many sources have poured in even as their local production is in full swing from our garments manufacturers and local fashion designers,” the Palace official said.

“Medical supplies, alcohol, soap and other health items are coming in too from various donors, individuals and privates entities. The Bayanihan spirit has caught fire and everyone is chipping in a united front against this unseen deadly enemy,” he also said.

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