DOH Secretary Duque Says PH Successfully Flattened the Curve Since April

Duque: “We have successfully flattened the curve since April.”

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Wednesday that the Philippines has “successfully flattened the curve since April.”

DOH Secretary Duque Says PH 'Successfully Flattened the Curve Since April'
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According to him, the country has flattened the curve, despite the constant upsurge in the COVID-19 cases with 57,545 infections, 20,459 recoveries, and 1,603 deaths as of July 14.

“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,” he said during a Pre-SONA forum.

Duque noted that in the early days of the local transmission, the case doubling time, or how fast the number of infections doubles in a certain area subsided.

Duque said on Tuesday that cases in Metro Manila now take for about 8 to 12 days to double.

“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,” Duque said.

It was in May when Duque was slammed following his claims that the Philippines is already in the “second wave” in terms of the rise of COVID-19 cases.

But according to CNN Philippines, he apologized for drawing confusion and fears to the public.

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