All bets are off
The University of the Philippines (UP) OCTA Research Team just released their latest figure on the COVID-19 forecasts in the country: 140,000 by the end of August.
With the relaxing of quarantine restrictions and over 80k cases as of writing, UP predicts that most of the upcoming cases will come from the National Capital Region (NCR).
‘Mukhang possible umabot ng 90,000, and by end of August, 140,000,’ shared UP-OCTA member, Dr. Guida David, on DZMM Teleradyo.
‘Sa ngayon mukhang makakatulong [stricter quarantine], kasi nagsubok na tayo ng mga measures, random testing, localized lockdown, pero parang hindi yata gumagana,’ David added.
‘Unless may mga magandang ideas ‘yung gobyerno sana, baka mapilitan tayong bumalik sa mas strict na quarantine, di naman natin ginugusto ‘yan pero kung ‘yan ang kailangan mangyari.’
UP has long been forecasting COVID-19 cases, with their most recent 60,000 prediction by the end of July being met as early as July 16.
So we guess a Harry Roque Vs. UP Game 3 really is in the works. GGWP.
Jokes aside, if the UP predictions turn out accurate (which they usually do), PH could be well on its way to having the highest number of COVID-19 cases in South East Asia.
The country is now in 2nd place behind Indonesia’s 90,000+ positive cases.
Fist pumps or none, we’re all losing here