The Duterte administration is not an “absolute failure” in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in the country according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, adding that the Philippines could have reached 3.5 million infections if the government did not take the necessary measures.

Roque said that the Palace “acknowledges” that the COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise, but “what really matters is the mortality rate” which the Malacanang official claims as “below world average.”

He earlier said that the country’s fatality rate has decreased to 2.37 percent from 2.9 percent last July 14, which is lower than the average of 4 percent.

As of writing, the Philippines has 85,486 COVID-19 cases with 56,528 active infections, 26,996 recoveries, and 1,962 deaths.

The Philippines had also surpassed China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, in terms of confirmed cases. As of July 29, 2020, China reported 84,060 COVID-19 infections.

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