To quote the President’s words from his very late-night pre-taped televised nation address aired around 1 AM July 8, he said: “If we open the entire Philippines and thousands of one thousands of new cases would happen, then WE. ARE. IN. DEEP SHIT. Talagang mahirapan tayo. Unang-una wala tayong pera…”
President Rodrigo Duterte made the statement in reference to the continuous increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The government has eased quarantine restrictions, with most areas of the country under GCQ. Only Cebu remains under ECQ following a sudden surge in coronavirus cases.
As of July 6, 2020, the Philippines now ranks 1st in the number of active cases in the region and 2nd in terms of total confirmed cases and lowest in terms of recovery rate.
Here’s the top 3 SEA countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases
Indonesia – 64,958
Philippines – 46,333
Singapore – 44,983
*Source: World Health Organization (WHO), as of July 6, 2020
Presidential spokesperson, in the act of just accepting the fact of dealing COVID-19, said that Filipinos ahould just ‘dance along’ with COVID-19.
“Sa Pilipino, when you have to live with something, sayawan mo na lang pero… iyan po ang gagawin natin. Sasayawan po natin, we have to deal with COVID-19 (In Filipino, when you have to live with something, you say just dance along. That’s what we will do. We will dance to it, we have to deal with COVID-19),” Roque said during the really very late-night televised press briefing.