Duque says PH 'successfully flattened' COVID-19 curve since April

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III claimed that the Philippines has "successfully flattened the curve" of COVID-19 infections in the country.

Duque says PH "successfully flattened" COVID-19 curve since April

Duque made the conclusion on Wednesday based on the longer COVID-19 case doubling rate and mortality doubling time. He explained that the case doubling time or how fast the number of infections double in an area already slowed from a 2.5-day window during the early days since the pandemic started. In Metro Manila, Duque said it now takes between 8-12 days for infections to double.

"We have successfully flattened the curve since April. The metrics for arriving at that conclusion of flattening the curve is actually one, the case doubling time of the COVID-19 infection has actually become longer," Duque said.

"The other metric to say that we've flattened the curve is also the mortality doubling time has also got longer and is now in the moderate risk classification," he added.

Duque continued that despite flattening the curve, the health agency will continue to find ways to improve their ways to curb the spread of COVID-19.

"While we have flattened the curve, I have earlier indicated that this was able to provide us a window of opportunity to improve and increase, one-up our health system's capacity," Duque added.

UPDATE: Duque has taken back his earlier controversial claim and said COVID-19 infection curve ‘bent’ not ‘flattened’ since April.

Last May, Duque claimed that the country was already experiencing the "second wave" of COVID-19 infections. He said the "first wave" began back in January when three Chinese nationals in Manila were declared COVID-19 positive. Since then, Duque said the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections has not stopped.

After Duque went under fire for his comment, the health agency later on clarified and apologized for the confusion. They said the country is still experiencing the "first wave" of the infections.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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