Duque clarifies: We ‘bent’ the curve in April after the March ECQ

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“I would like to clarify my statement made earlier during the Pre-SONA on flattening the curve,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statrment.

“Our case doubling time in April passed the 3 day doubling time mark; NOW, July 15 – it is at 8 days CDT (past the 7-day doubling time mark),” he added.

“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,” the health chief said.

“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,” he explained.