Megastar Sharon Cuneta reacted to Netizen’s claim that only the rich can get assistance for COVID-19.
On Monday, March 29, the Philippines has logged a record-high of 10,016 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the country’s total caseload to 731,894, of which 115,495 are active cases.
The actress-singer took to Instagram and shared the latest update about the COVID-19 cases in the country. She then urged the Netizens to follow the health protocols and stay at home.
“Please naman maawa na kayo sa mga kababayan nating namamatay!!! TAO MUNA UNAHIN, puedo po?! At tayong lahat sana ay sumunod na sa health protocols at huwag na matigas ang ulo dahil tayo din ang napapahamak. Wear a mask. Keep social distancing. Huwag na lumabas kundi kailangan. Wash your hands. Use alcohol and santizer. Keep safe. May God have mercy on us all,” she wrote.
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Her post drew a flood of reactions from the public, but one caught her eye: a comment from an Instagram user with the handle @salina.e.
The Netizen said that ordinary citizens should take care of themselves because proper healthcare is only available to the wealthy.
“Keep safe guys, The only person who will help you and your family will be You. No one else. Ang may pera makakabili ng vaccine, makaka swab test. They can go to the hospital anytime. May pera e! Ako wala. So ingat ingat lang ng hindi mahawa ang mga kasambahay natin. I will continue praying for all filipino people.”
The 55-year-old Megastar then refuted the Netizen’s claim, saying that even the wealthy cannot easily access healthcare nowadays. She also mentioned that a wealthy friend of hers took four days before admitting to a hospital.
“That is no longer true. May kaibigan akong napakayaman ng kaibigan, may cancer pa, apat na araw bago makakuha ng room sa Makati Med. Wala nang kwenta que mayaman o mahirap ka ngayon. Walang sinasanto ang COVID.”
Recently, her fellow singer and OPM icon Claire Dela Fuente suffered death at 63, roughly a week after she tested positive for COVID-19.
The late singer wasn’t confined to a hospital during her battle with COVID-19.
According to her son, Gigo de Guzman, her mom was isolated in a tent outside the hospital while waiting to be admitted since Saturday. He added that it wasn’t until yesterday, March 29, she was transferred to the hospital, where she passed away the day after.
Meanwhile, Netizen @EdsonCGuido shared on Twitter the current ICU bed occupancy rate for COVID-19 patients among regions in the country.
In a bar chart shown, CAR is labeled as ‘CRITICAL,’ with an occupancy rate of over 85%, followed by NCR, Region 4A, and Region 3, all of which are classified as ‘HIGH RISK,’ with occupancy rates of 70-85%.
He added that 76% occupancy in NCR is the highest rate since August 15, 2020.
According to the Netizen: “The situation is likely WORSE on the ground.”
Let's look at ICU bed occupancy:
– CAR is still CRITICAL (over 85% occupancy) ‼️
– NCR, Region 4A and Region 3 are all HIGH RISK (70-85%)
– 76% occupancy in NCR is the highest since Aug 15, 2020 ⚠️
– 68% occupancy in Region 2
The situation is likely WORSE on the ground. pic.twitter.com/DPxXdEmKkf
— Edson (@EdsonCGuido) March 29, 2021