After announcing that the government has successfully flattened the curve of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in April, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary clarified that the COVID-19 cases in April has been ‘bent’.
Duque received backlash after his statement on Wednesday (July 16). He later clarified his statement on his Twitter account.
“This means we bent the curve in April after the March Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ),” he said.
This means we bent the curve in April after the March ECQ but we are seeing an increase in cases due to the expanded testing capacity and community transmission as we allow movement of people.— Francisco T. Duque III (@SecDuque) July 15, 2020
The DOH official, meanwhile, admitted there is an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country because of community transmission prompted by the easing of community quarantine restrictions. The government also has expanded its testing capacity which added to the increased number of cases.
Ang mahalaga ay ma-maintain ang bilang ng mga kaso at manageable levels para hindi natin ma-overwhelm at mapagod ang ating healthcare workers. Kaya’t importante na sundin natin ang minimum health protocols- magsuot ng mask, maghugas ng kamay, at mag-physical distancing.— Francisco T. Duque III (@SecDuque) July 15, 2020
He also said it is important to maintain the number of cases at a manageable level to avoid overwhelming health workers. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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