On Wednesday, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III has claimed that the Philippines has “successfully” flattened the curve of COVID-19 infections since April.
The Health Secretary said this conclusion was based on the longer COVID-19 case doubling rate and mortality doubling time.
“We have successfully flattened the curve since April. The metrics are saying, arriving at that conclusion of flattening the curve is actually one, the case doubling time of the COVID-19 infection has actually become longer,”– Health Secretary Francisco Duque III
Duque said the country’s case doubling time now is between 8 to 12 days. He also claimed that the government was able to improve its pandemic response in terms of public health and non-pharmaceutical interventions such as the mandatory wearing of face masks for citizens.
As of July 14, 2020, the Philippines has a total of 57,545 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,603 deaths and 20,459 recoveries.