- The Department of Health (DOH) announced that the Philippines is now on the second wave of COVID-19 transmission
- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed this in a hybrid hearing with senators on Wednesday, May 20
- He said that the first wave happened some time in January when the country had detected three imported COVID-19 cases — all in patients from Wuhan City, China
- Duque, however, did not specify when the second wave of transmission began
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The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, May 20, confirmed that the second wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission is now happening in the Philippines.
According to a report by GMA News, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in the Senate Committee of the Whole Hearing that the first wave of the outbreak happened in the earlier part of the year when imported cases were detected.
Duque told senators, "Actually nasa second wave tayo. 'Yung first wave nag-umpisa, batay po sa ating mga batikang epidemiologist, na ang first wave natin happened sometime in January—noong nagkaroon po tayo ng tatlong kaso ng mga Chinese nationals from Wuhan.”
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The Health Secretary was referring to the first batch of infections detected in the country — all in patients from Wuhan City, China, where the outbreak started out.
"'Yun po ay kinikilalang first wave, maliit lang na wave ika nga. Pero ngayon nasa second wave tayo at ginagawa po natin ang lahat para nga ma-flatten 'yung epidemic curve," he added.
In a report by The Philippine Star, Duque said that the country has been facing a second wave of the virus' transmission since March.
KAMI previously reported that celebrities emphasized the danger of creating a second wave of COVID-19 infections that might be worse than the first wave. They also expressed frustration over Pinoys who went malling after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets.
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