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Dizon: Percentage of COVID-19 cases going down

By Jeffrey Damicog

The percentage of people who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) out of those tested continues to decrease, said Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) head Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the government’s COVID-19 response on Monday, June 29.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Vivencio Dizon (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Vivencio Dizon

Dizon pointed this out amid the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

“What is important to look at is not the actual number of cases that are going up but the percentage of cases who turned out positive out of your total tests,” he said during an interview over CNN Philippines.

“And that percentage has constantly been going down from a high of almost 20 percent in March, to now, I think, it’s down to over six percent now because of the increase in tests,” he said.

As the country aims to conduct more tests, Dizon pointed out “we are going to find more cases.”

“That is not a bad thing, that is a good thing,” he assured.

“I think the important thing to understand as we test more is that we are able to isolate and treat the people who are positive,” he said.

Dizon emphasized that the low number of tests that the country can do has been one of the problems it faced some months ago.

“But now, we are ramping that up,” he said.

Dizon admitted that the government is concerned over the rise in COVID-19 cases in Cebu City.

“It is very alarming in Cebu . That is very very clear,” he said.

“That’s why the government is exerting all efforts to assist in this fight,” he added.

Dizon disclosed that the “plan for Cebu now is to really act swiftly in terms of helping the health care system to cope with the rising number of cases.”

“Apart from Cebu, our capacity in NCR (National Capital Region), in Region 3, in Region 4, in Mindanao is actually very, very good. Our hospitals are only occupied by only 30 plus percent which is very good in terms of our ability to manage the cases,” he cited

“Our deaths continue to decline again, except for Cebu which are increasing right now,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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