Duque Gives Warning over Possible COVID-19 Spike in PH Like in India

DOH Secretary Duque Speaks on COVID-19 Pandemic in PH

DUQUE – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III warned of possible COVID-19 spike in the Philippines like the worsening situation in India now.

Several countries now including the Philippines are faced with a greater challenge over the COVID-19 pandemic. Another spike in the cases of the disease took place in several nations.

In PH, the total COVID-19 cases went beyond the 1-million mark. For weeks now, the country is recording at least 7,000 new cases of the disease daily and many hospitals are reaching their full capacities now.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already warned the Filipinos that they can be accommodated by the hospitals right away. Many health authorities said that the emergency rooms have already turned into COVID-19 warns due to the increasing number of the patients.

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DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III
Photo: GMA News

It has been a year now since the first case of COVID0-19 in the Philippines hit the records. The new surge in the cases prompted the implementation of stricter community quarantine measures again.

Currently, the country that is experiencing a worsening situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic is India. Doctors are already calling for help amid the surge of patients that leads to the shortage of oxygen. The country is recording thousands of new cases of the disease daily bringing the total to over 19 million cases. The deaths have surpassed 200,000.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III warned that it is possible for Philippines’ COVID-19 spike to be like in India if the people continues not to follow the health protocols.

Furthermore, he also expressed that it may happen in case PH won’t intensify the response against the pandemic. According to him, what is happening in other countries are lessons that Filipinos must learn.

Based on the report, a downward trend was spotted in the COVID-19 cases in PH now. OCTA Research Group’s Dr. Guido David said that the average cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) now is 3,300 which is 40% down from the peak that was 5,500.

Dr. David stressed that the going down is a good indicator. He cited that the cases in Marikina, Pasay, Manila, Pateros, and Navotas went down by 50% or more.

Currently, the government is opening more facilities to accommodate the patients amid hospitals reaching their full capacities. The whole country is still under community quarantine measures.

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