“We have successfully flattened the curve since April,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said during a pre-State of the Nation Address (pre-SONA) forum July 15.
“The metrics for saying, arriving at that conclusion of flattening the curve is actually (1) the case doubling time of the COVID-19 infection has actually become longer,” he explained.
“The other metric to say that we have flattened the curve is also the mortality doubling time has also got longer and is now in the moderate risk classification,” he added.
“While we have flattened the curve, I have earlier indicated that this was able to provide us a window of opportunity to improve and to increase, ramp up our health system’s capacity,” Duque said.
In an interview with GMA News, Secretary Duque explained “ibig sabihin po nito, nailiko na, nasimulan na nating nailiko o naikurba na natin ang epidemic curve nung nagkaroon ng imposition of ECQ noong March.”