Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reported last night at the president’s weekly Talk to the People pandemic update that the nationwide Covid-19 cases seem to be indicating a downward trend, after hitting a peak over the past few months.
The secretary, however, also noted that the peak numbers were very high as compared to the same peak last year: in the NCR and Visayas, this year’s number of Covid-19 infections is double what it was in 2020; while in the rest of Luzon and in Mindanao, cases are four times as high as they were last year.
“Kumpara noong 2020, makikita po natin ay ang dumoble ang atin pong peak ng NCR, ‘yong blue graph na nakikita po natin, ‘yan po, ang umabot tayo sa peak of 5,534 ang Plus areas at Visayas ngayong 2021. At sa kabilang dako naman, apat na beses na mas mataas ang trend ng rest of Luzon at Mindanao ngayong taon kumpara po noong 2020,” Duque said.
In the meantime, the health secretary also noted that the different areas in the country seem to be over the peak for 2021, and hoped that the downward trends would continue.
The charts presented by the DOH show that the NCR reached peak infections at the end of March to the beginning of April, followed by “Plus” areas, and then by Visayas and Mindanao in June. “Inaasahan natin na sa pagpapalakas ng ating prevention, early detection, aggressive isolation, improved clinical treatment of serious to critical COVID cases at reintegration and vaccination strategies at healthcare capacities ng Visayas and Mindanao, magtutuloy-tuloy ang nakikita natin ang malinaw na senyales ng pagbaba,” said Duque. (“We hope that, with the strengthening of our prevention, early detection, aggressive isolation, improved clinical treatment of serious to critical COVID cases, and renintegration and vaccination strategies and healthcare capacities in Visayas and Mindanao, we will continue to see the clear signs of fewer [cases].”
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