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Go urges unity as numbers rise



The Department of Health (DoH) reported late yesterday 45 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection that raised the tally to 187 who tested positive for the disease.

Those who recovered, nonetheless, increased to four as patient 25 joined patients 1, 3 and 14 in being classified as having been cleared of the pathogen.

Amid the rising DoH count, the private sector was urged to provide assistance to the government to ensure the successful containment of the virus, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Tuesday.

In a press statement, Go stressed the need for a “whole-of-society” approach to fight Covid-19.

“Now, our stability as Filipinos is being challenged anew by this disease. Let’s unite and help one another,” he said.

Go said industry players, business leaders, and foundations should lend the government a helping hand to address the threats posed by Covid-19 outbreak.

He said the public and private sectors’ teamwork would be an effective way to combat the new coronavirus strain.

“We have already encountered many crises and tragedies. But we were able to overcome all these because of unity and compassion,” he said.

Go made the call after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night placed the entire Luzon under “enhanced” community quarantine.

Keep safe, stay inside

According to a Palace memorandum inked Monday, implementing an “enhanced” community quarantine, all households are compelled to observe “strict” home quarantine, people’s movement to accessing basic necessities is limited, provision for food and essential health services is regulated and uniformed personnel’s presence is heightened.

To date, the country has 187 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Duterte, in his address to the nation, appealed to the public to be more understanding as his administration continues to undertake measures to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

Some private firms and business leaders have already signified their intent to help the government boost its fight against the coronavirus disease.

Go thanked businessmen who vowed to give donations to the government.

He noted that there have already been commitments from the private sector to donate alcohols to hospitals and give additional funds.

“I want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to those who expressed willingness to help. I am also encouraging those who are concerned about their fellow countrymen to provide assistance for them,” he said.

Duque doubts Zubiri results

DoH Secretary Francisco Duque is not convinced of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine test on Senator Miguel Zubiri finding him positive with the disease as he suggested on another testing.