Philippines has flattened COVID-19 curve – UP expert

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has flattened the curve of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), expert from the University of the Philippines (UP) - OCTA Research team said Sunday, September 6.
Philippines has flattened COVID-19 curve – UP expert

“Actually, na-flatten na siya and we said around two weeks ago na we are seeing a flattening of the curve by the end of August or early September,” Dr. Guido David told CNN Philippines.

In an interview over DZBB on Sunday, Guido said the country’s reproduction number, R0 (pronounced as R naught), has decreased to 0.95 from 0.99 last week.

R0 indicates how contagious an infectious disease is or how many people can an infected person infect.

“So nagde-decrease pa siya and that is very good news. Ibig sabihin, nasu-sustain natin ‘yung flattening of the curve,” David said.

The UP expert warned the public not to be complacent as the trend can be reversed at any time.

"We would like to remind people not to be overly excited dito sa flattening of the curve. Yes, we’re seeing it, pero the trends are not irreversible. We can always reverse the trend at any time. Ibig sabihin, we can have another surge,” he said.

As of September 6, the nationwide COVID-19 total reached 237,365 with 2,839 new confirmed cases. The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR (894 or 39%), Region 4A (594 or 26%) and Region 6 (225 or 10%).

The Department of Health likewise announces 23,074 recoveries. This brings the total number of recoveries to 184,687.

— The Summit Express

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