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After China, Second Wave of Coronavirus Confirmed in Philippines

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported that the second wave of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) transmission is currently happening in the Philippines.

A report from GMA news shows that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told in the Senate Committee of the Whole Hearing that the first wave coronavirus outbreak occurred in the start of the year when imported cases were identified.

In a report by The Philippine Star, Duque said that the nation has been confronting a second wave of the coronavirus transmission since March.

KAMI recently announced that VIPs underlined the risk of creating a second wave of coronavirus disease that may be more terrible than the principal wave. They also expressed disappointment over Pinoys who went malling after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.

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The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Researchers accepted that the infection originated from an animal at one of Wuhan’s wet markets.

Dr John Wong clarified that a wave means to rise or fall in any case, including that the nation’s initial three cases recorded in January were viewed as the principal wave while the subsequent wave started in March.

He says in an online briefing with DOH, “There was a very small wave last few days of January, and then there was a lull, and then we had our second wave, which is the first major wave, which is more than 10,000 cases. We are now in the trough of the lower part of the second wave.”

But Duque also announced that the nation has already flattened the curve of coronavirus cases because of fewer cases reported daily.

Wong clarified that flattening the curve of coronavirus cases means keeping the number of cases from exceeding the limit of emergency clinics. He said that an increase of 538 coronavirus cases was seen per day, but now the every day tally has dropped to 220, just because of the enhanced community quarantine.

Wong says, “When we say ‘flatten the curve,’ we flatten in relation of health system capacity, measured in terms of hospital beds, ICU beds, ventilators.”

Senator Kiko Pangilinan raised a question during the hearing that is there anyone who can disclose to everyone that how they can say that the curve is already flattened, when they haven’t tested enough.

Senator Risa Hontiveros was also concerned over the proclamation of health chief. She says that it is hard to sate that they have flattened the curve without gathering any real and solid information. They should first clear on their benchmarks and indicators.

The clinical counsel to the National Task Force on COVID-19, Ted Herbosa tells that there are few researchers who are stating that they just pushed the principal peak farther, that implies that they bought time. The peak will go up, as soon as they opened up.

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Herbosa tells that he and his fellow experts used the reproductive number of the viral infection to decide the curve, with the objective. He noticed that the nation had the option to bring down the rate to about 0.6 during the height of the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)  usage, however, most recent information show the number is drifting around 1.

Duque said the Health Department is currently centred around preventing a third wave of coronavirus cases as quarantine limitations gradually ease. The agency is taking a shot at guaranteeing that “minimum health standards”, like decreasing weakness, diminishing transmission and lessening contact, are followed.

The Health Department had earlier warned when the second wave of coronavirus wasn’t happened that the people should not stop practising preventive measures and social distancing.

 

 

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Fariha Munir

Fariha is a Microbiology graduate and working as a freelance content writer. Her major areas of interest are nutrition, diseases, research, and medical diagnostic technologies.

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