WHO Western Pacific Region Director Doktor Takeshi Kasai on Wednesday expressed concern on the Philippines COVID-19 situation which is “moving towards the so-called red line” where the number of cases exceeds the capacity of healthcare.
“We are concerned about the situation in the Philippines. We are concerned because the surge is really continuing and moving towards the so-called red line – the number of cases exceeds the capacity of healthcare,” said Kasai in a virtual press briefing.
Kasai said crossing the red line should be avoided.
“We know that once we cross that red line–we put healthcare workers in a very difficult situation. Once the healthcare workers start to get infections, the healthcare capacity goes down and ironically, that is the time more and more people need some help,” he added.
Kasai also expressed concern for the general public “who are really having a difficult time.”
“We are also concerned because there are people who are really having a difficult time. I know there are people who lost their jobs, and I know that students were not able to go to school for quite some time,” he said.