DOH sees slowdown in local COVID-19 transmissions



The rate of transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines is slowing down, as a Department of Health (DOH) official cited it as a “good development.”

“Nakikita natin ‘yung doubling time ng sakit, ‘yung oras para mag-doble ng numero ang kaso ng COVID-19, ay medyo bumabagal,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Unang Balita.

“Dati nasa three days tayo, ngayon limang araw na ang binibilang natin. Magandang senyales ‘yan para sa ating lahat,” she added.

Despite this development, Vergeire said there should still be no room for complacency.

“Kasi nakikita natin sa ibang bansa ngayon, may mga resurgent o biglang nagsa-spike ulit ang mga kaso nila pagkatapos nilang mag-lift ng mga stringent measures. Kailangan nating pag-aralan maigi ito at pag-usapan maigi,” she said.

As this developed, she told the public to be ready to embrace a “new normal” where physical distancing, cough etiquette and maintaining good hygiene by frequent hand washing is still to be practiced even after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted by May 1.

“We have to be ready for this new normal we’re talking about. Even if we come to April 30 and it [ECQ] will not be extended anymore or it will be extended, whatever the decision will be, we will have a new normal,” she said.

“We all know that the virus will not be removed or the virus will still be here by May 1,” she added.

She exhorted the public to strongly adhere to all the government rules and guidelines in the country’s fight against COVID-19.

She also urged them to follow all the government rules and guidelines in the country’s fight against the highly-infectious coronavirus.

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to decide on the fate of the ECQ  on April 23, whether it will be extended, lifted, or be modified./Stacy Ang

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