PH performs well globally in the fight against COVID-19, says DOH chief

The Philippines is performing well internationally in the fight against COVID-19, according to the Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. PHOTO: Presidential Communications/PND

According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) October 10 country rankings, the Philippines ranks 113rd in the world in terms of COVID-19 case fatality rate, the country's health secretary reported on Monday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III informed President Rodrigo Duterte, citing the WHO dashboard, that the Philippines ranked fifth among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in terms of case fatality rate.

Myanmar has the highest case fatality rate, followed by Indonesia (3+%), Vietnam (2.45%), and Cambodia (2.14%). Meanwhile, the Philippines has a case fatality rate of 1.49 percent.

According to Duque, the Philippines ranks 122nd globally and third in ASEAN in terms of COVID-19 deaths per million population.

In terms of active cases, the country ranks 20th globally and third in ASEAN. Malaysia has the most active cases (116,000), followed by Thailand (110,000), and the Philippines (90,927 cases).
The country ranks 133rd in the world and third in ASEAN in terms of COVID-19 cases per million population.

Malaysia has the most cases per million population (71,126), followed by Thailand (24,433) and the Philippines (23,929 cases per million).

"Sa pagkakataon pong ito, ating binibigyang-pansin ang rankings buhat sa WHO sapagkat sinasalamin po nito ang kumpleto or longitudinal o cumulative data ng higit na maraming mga bansa [On this occasion, we pay special attention to WHO rankings because they reflect complete, longitudinal, or cumulative data from more countries]," Duque explained.

"At importante na tingnan natin ang kabuuang lagay ng mga bansa at hindi lamang ang sitwasyon sa mga partikular na panahon. Ito po ay magreresulta lamang sa hindi pagkakatulad ng magiging lagay ng mga ito [And it is important that we look at the overall condition of the countries and not just the situation at particular times. This will only result in a discrepancy in their condition]," he added.

For example, Duque pointed out that if the seven-day rolling average is used, a country with a constantly increasing number of cases may receive a much lower ranking than a country that has experienced a surge or peak in the number of cases.

As of October 11, the country had recorded 8,292 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 98,894, representing 3.7 percent of all cases.

The total number of recoveries is 2,536,000, while the total number of fatalities is 39,660. —Tacloban News Update (Source: PND/PRESS RELEASE)
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