The Philippines may have 36,438 COVID-19 cases as of writing, but that won’t stop Harry Roque from taking a ‘glass-half-full’ approach.
The Presidential Spokesperson commended the country for avoiding 40,000 cases by June 30th – a number predicted by scientists from the University of the Philippines.
‘Panalo na tayo! We beat the UP prediction, we beat it, so congratulations Philippines. Let’s do it again in July’, said a fist-bumping Roque, adding that ‘winning’ means ‘a declining mortality, case doubling and positivity rate’.
‘Naging successful po tayo. Napabagal po natin ang sakit’, reinforced Roque earlier, citing that the next UP prediction to be disproved is 60,000 cases by the end of July. As of June 29, PH has also tallied 9,956 recoveries and 1,255 deaths.
‘We have to prove UP’s prediction wrong’, advising viewers to wear masks, practice good hygiene, and proper social distancing. The dude’s an optimist, what can we say?
WATCH: A cheerful Harry Roque said that the Philippines is winning in the fight against #COVID19 after "beating" the University of the Philippines' prediction that the country will reach 40,000 coronavirus cases at the end of June. #COVID19
Posted by ABS-CBN News on Monday, June 29, 2020
Roque has been recently a fierce advocate of positive thinking when it comes to the government’s approach in dealing with the pandemic. He previously contested the World Health Organization’s (WHO) claim that PH has the fastest rising number of cases in the Western Pacific, saying that the country’s overall population needs to be taken into account.
The Department of Health (DOH) cited Singapore, which has been often used as a measuring stick, for having a case load of 43,246 for a population of 5.9 million. The Philippines, at the time of the report, had 34,803 cases against 109 million people.
According to DOH’s data, for every one million people, Singapore has a higher rate of 7,393 cases compared to the Philippines’ 318 cases.