The Department of Health (DOH) cautiously embraced the possibility of the Philippines reaching 100,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections by the end of August according to recent projections.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that data should be interpreted with caution because some factors can still influence the scientific models used to make the assumption.

“Lagi namin pinapaliwanag kapag estimates katulad ng sa UP (University of the Philippines), tinatanggap namin ‘yan,” she said.

“That serves something that we can refer to kapag nag-a-analyze kami pero kailangan nating i-interpret with caution kapag estimates,” she added.

On the other hand, Guido David from the UP Institute of Mathematics and Ranjit Rye of the UP Department of Political Science pointed out that the actual number of total cases may exceed the 100,000 projection. 

“So ‘yang 95,000 o 100,000 na nga ngayon ay ginawa nila base sa ganyang kalkulasyon at pinakikinggan natin sila,” Vergeire said.

Vergeire encouraged Filipinos to share their contribution in controlling the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country. 

“So tayo, kasi nakikita at naibigay sa akin ‘yung impormasyon na iyan, ay pinaiigting natin ang impormasyon sa ating kababayan  ngayon na sana ginagawa natin ‘yung dapat nating gawin for us to not to be able to reach that 100,000 by end of August na estimated by the UP group,” she said.  (RJ Espartinez)