- The Department of Health gave an important update regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country
- According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the Philippines has already flattened the curve
- He added that the country was able to flatten the curve since April
- The claim of Duque was based on the case doubling time and longer mortality doubling time
The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday that the Philippines has already flattened the curve of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
KAMI learned that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the announcement as the country reached 57,545 confirmed cases as of July 14.
In a report by the CNN Philippines, Duque claimed that the country was able to flatten the curve since April.
The statement of Duque was based on the case doubling time and longer mortality doubling time.
"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 in a Pre-SONA forum.
"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.
As of Tuesday, the health department confirmed that there are now 57,545 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Meanwhile, there are still 35,483 active cases.
About a month ago, Duque claimed that the Philippines was already on its second wave of COVID-19 cases. However, the health secretary received a backlash because of his claim.
Later on, the health department said that the country was still on its first wave and apologized for confusing the people.
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