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Pres. Duterte Clarifies Philippines Still on 1st Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic

DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte spoke on the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines now amid the global pandemic.

Undeniably, the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest global challenge so far this 2020. Over 200 countries and territories are battling against it and the coronavirus disease has already claimed over 500,000 lives across the globe.

Currently, over 11.9 million cases of the disease were recorded in different areas around the world. This disease was first recorded in China last December 2019.

This coronavirus disease bears flu-like symptoms. A patient may experience fever, breathing difficulties, and cough. On another side, there are also asymptomatic cases or people positive for COVID-19 show no signs at all.

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The Philippines is one of the nations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has already recorded 47,873 cases of the coronavirus disease with 1,309 deaths and 12,386 recoveries.

Currently, the whole nation is under a community quarantine. Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed Cebu City back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) after it recorded increasing cases of coronavirus.

Metro Manila and several other areas are under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) while most areas in the country now are under a Modified GCQ.

Recently, Pres. Duterte spoke about the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines now. According to him, the country is still “grippling the first wave” of the coronavirus pandemic and we are not on the 2nd wave now.

According to the report, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire also clarified that the increase in the COVID-19 cases in the country now is because of the increased testing. Also, she stressed that the local transmissions are results of the lack of observance of the “minimum health standards”.

The DOH Undersecretary assured that the country’s healthcare system is able to cope with the COVID-19 cases in the nation now. The President also noted that there are more coronavirus recoveries in the Philippines than deaths.

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