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COVID-19 curve flattened in the Philippines

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Motorists are seen wearing face masks on a street in Manila, the Philippines, on Aug. 29, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 213,131 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,637 new daily cases on Saturday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA (The Manila Times) – The Philippines has started to flatten the COVID-19 curve but government officials should not be complacent, an expert warned.

Professor Guido David, a research fellow of the University of the Philippines Octa Research team, said that the country’s rate of infection has declined to 0.94 across the nation, which means that for every infected person, there are 0.94 persons that could get infected with the virus.

David warned that flattening of the curve does not mean that the COVID-19 pandemic will end there. He urged authorities to sustain the momentum in their interventions against the virus.

“We would like to remind the people not to be overly excited [over the] flattening of the curve… [as] we can reverse the trend at any time, [it means] we could have another surge… if we lower our guard and be less careful,” he said.


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