We contained COVID-19 in a short period of time: Duterte

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shows boxes of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines in Manila, the Philippines on March 29, 2021. (Photo by Xinhua/Rouelle Umali via Getty Images)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shows boxes of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines in Manila, the Philippines on March 29, 2021. (Photo by Xinhua/Rouelle Umali via Getty Images)

Containing the COVID-19 pandemic in "a very much earlier span of time" is one of his administration's standout achievements, said outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte in his weekly address on Monday (6 June).

"If I were to judge myself, the one single thing that my government did was to contain COVID-19 in a very much earlier span of time," said Duterte, who noted that keeping the face mask mandate and vaccinating millions of Filipinos has helped in achieving a low case count.

The president also thanked the members of his Cabinet for their efforts in the fight against the pandemic. "We did our best and ‘yung best namin came out with very strong in the context of governing the country."

The Philippines has significantly improved its ranking in the latest Nikkei Asia COVID-19 Recovery Index. It placed 33rd among 121 nations for infection management, vaccine rollout and social mobility amid the pandemic.

Latest figures from the Department of Health showed that total infections in the Philippines reached over 3.69 million, of which 2,459 are active cases. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country’s number of infections continues to decline, despite super spreader events like the presidential elections.

More than 69 million individuals have also been vaccinated, with Galvez projecting that 70 million individuals will be fully vaccinated by the end of the Duterte administration on June 30.

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