The recent spike in Covid-19 cases was due to more tests being administered, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Thursday.

“Habang napapaigting natin ang ating testing, siyempre po mas maraming tao nati-testing, mas marami tayong nakikitang may Covid-19,” Roque said in a virtual presser from Davao City.

“Iyan po ay mabuti dahil maihihiwalay natin sila, maa-isolate natin sila at kapag na-isolate natin sila, hindi na po kakalat iyong sakit, at iyong mga na-isolate naman po, e siyempre po pagagalingin natin at matapos sila gumaling, iri-reintegrate natin sila,” he added.

New cases in the past seven days have reached 13,032. The total has reached 51,754 as of July 9.

Roque noted that as of July 7, 93.7 percent of infected individuals were exhibiting only mild symptoms, while 5.6 percent were “asymptomatic,” or did not manifest symptoms. Only 0.6 percent of cases were “severe,” and 0.1 percent were “critical.”

The country’s positivity rate, or the proportion of people testing positive, was at 7.5 percent, below the World Health Organization standard of 10 percent, Roque added.

The country has recorded 12,813 recoveries and 1,314 deaths. John Ezekiel J. Hirro