The Philippine government has done a good job in battling Covid-19 despite its limited capacities, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
This, as Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said there were lapses in the country’s pandemic response.
“The best answer would be from a third party. WHO (World Health Organization) Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe had said that the Philippines has done a good job in terms of our response against Covid-19,” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson, said in a press briefing in Filipino.
He also noted that the Philippines’ fatality rate is among the lowest across the world, “comparatively lower than many and most countries” despite its limited capacities and despite being a middle-income country.
“While other countries have completely shut their borders, we allowed the entry of Filipinos from overseas, we welcomed them home,” he added partly in Filipino.
“Our vaccination drive has fully vaccinated 57.514 million. And we have many other successes in this fight against Covid-19,” he stressed in Filipino.
Nograles said the public must focus on working together to beat the virus as the Covid-19 battle does not solely depend on the government.
“This cannot be fought alone, we must work together, our enemy here is Covid-19. It’s a time where our focus should be against Covid-19,” he said in Filipino.
The country has so far recorded 3.459 million confirmed Covid-19 cases since the outbreak began in 2020. Of this number, more than 3.1 million have recovered, 53,598 died, while 247,451 are undergoing treatment.
Robredo on Monday said she is “trying to fill in the gaps”, claiming there were many shortcomings in the government’s pandemic response that have allegedly hampered the country’s recovery.