I will just announce to the people that as of yesterday, last night, there were 34, 178 total number of active cases sa COVID.
Ang total number of cases whether active or not is 47, 873. Well as of July, there were fresh cases of 993 and ‘yung sa already released because of a negative finding is 547. Ang cases reported as of last night was 1,540.
Ang maganda ho na nandito eh ‘yung recoveries natin reported as of last night was 12,383. Ang patay natin is — we compared to those who recovered it’s quite small, 1,309 ang patay.
Now, let me stress that whether we open a modified lockdown or we totally open it in wild abandon kagaya ng America pati Brazil, well ang mga presidente doon medyo matatapang. May pera itong si [Bolsonaro]. Medyo may pagka ano rin may pagkaTrump and devil-may-care- attitude.
Tayo hong pobre we cannot afford really a total epidemic or pandemonium. Mahirap tayo hindi tayo puwedeng sumugal. I cannot follow the example of other countries because as the experience have shown as of now, there were a lot of countries also opening up. And first was Japan, then Korea, followed by China and the United States.
Now what really happened in these countries was that although they opened their economy for money to come in to the government coffers, ang nangyari is there was a spike. They were having a problem of almost a relapse, parang relapse sa in the totality of the number. Iyon ang mahirap.
Now we do not even know if the number of 34, 178 of active cases is still a part of the first wave or have we arrived at the second wave. I don’t think so. We are still grappling with the first wave.
So mga kababayan ko ginusto ko man — ako, ako mismo personal gusto ko nang lumabas. Ayaw ko nang magpapigil. Eh kung gusto ko nga makipag-away na ako. Ang problema is ‘yon ang gusto ko pero ang gusto ko hindi makapabuti sa ating lahat.
And that is true for your choice and my choice. And so we have to be very circumspect in reopening of the economy. Dahan-dahan lang.
And if ever there is going to be a spike again, baka marami ang infected or re-infected, at least ‘yung calibrated numbers of people we allowed to go out would be still within manageable numbers.
Because if you open the entire Philippines and thousands upon thousands of new cases would happen, then we are in deep s***. Talagang mahirapan tayo. Unang-una wala tayong pera. Well, of course, sabi ng mga doktor ngayon, ventilators iyong paggamit niyan is the last option of a person sick with COVID.
So there are still many things that can be done. Our doctors have a — well the Philippines have well innovated some sort of just meeting the crisis halfway. Some have resorted to melatonin, others have… Pero ‘yung quinine ay talagang — this was debunked by experts all over the world. It’s not really for the use of COVID-19.
Now, you would want to know the places which have been declared modified or there’s been a change. But this is a very dynamic thing. It can change everyday depending on the numbers and of course upon the assessment of our health authorities.
So I’ll give the floor to Secretary Duque to enumerate to you the places that have been modified — total noon, ngayon makalabas kayo, and who are the sectors of society who would be allowed a little bit of a leeway, an elbow room to move. Hindi lahat ito.
Ang sabi ko nga I’m sorry but I cannot really kumbaga bitawan ko kayo, I will remove the leash — leash ‘yung tali. Pakawalaan na kayo kasi hindi ko kaya ang… The resultant happening or the resultant endgame there is too horrible to ponder.
I cannot make a guess. Governance is not made of guesses. It has to be anchored on pure science. Kaya naman malapit na.
I am confident that by our readings of other countries who have much improved their scientific study, I think that by December mayroon na hong vaccine or at least if not a vaccine, a medicine that could kill the COVID-19.
Ako I would prefer that we use the medisina to kill, then get a vaccine later on.