- The Palace contradicted the previous statement of Health Secretary Duque that the Philippines is now on its second wave of COVID-19 outbreak
- According to the Palace, the country is still on its first wave since the outbreak began in January
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque did not say that the statement of Duque was wrong, it was just that he had a different interpretation
- Roque also explained that the curve of the first wave in the country is now starting to flatten
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The Palace argued on Thursday that the Philippines is still on its first wave of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
KAMI learned that the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque contradicts the previous statement of Health Secretary Francisco Duque.
In a report by the Philippine Star, Roque explained in a televised briefing that the first wave started when there were three cases of coronavirus recorded in the country last January.
The first wave continued to rise in February until May. However, the curve is starting to flatten though it is not fully flattened yet.
“Tayo po ngayon ay nasa first wave,” Roque said.
“Bagama’t hindi pa po fully flattened ang curve, nagsisimula na po ang pag-flatten ng curve,” he added.
As reported by the Inquirer (authored by Darryl John Esguerra), Roque said that while the statement of Duque was not wrong, he had a different interpretation of the data.
“Alam niyo po ang medisina, para ring mga abogado ‘yan, iisa lang ang batas namin (pero) iba-iba ang interpretasyon. Ganyan din po siguro sa medisina, iisa ang siyensya ,iisa ang datos, iba ang basa,” Roque explained.
According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, the first wave of COVID-19 infections in the country is still ongoing. He added that the Inter-agency Task Force will discuss the possibility of the next wave.
“Para sa akin kasi parang itong bungang ito ay part pa nung nagsimula tayo. Katulad ng ibang country ang pinaghahandaan natin ay susunod na wave,” he said.
In a previous report by KAMI, Health Secretary Duque announced that the Philippines is now on its second wave of COVID-19 outbreak.
As of posting time, there are 13,221 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Meanwhile, 9,447 of these remain active.
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