Duque: PH has flattened COVID-19 curve since April

PH has flattened COVID-19 curve.

CNN Philippines  – The Philippines has "successfully" flattened the curve of coronavirus infections, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday.

Duque made the statement when asked about the steady rise in local COVID-19 cases, which has reached 57,545 infections as of July 14. Of these, 20,459 have recovered while 1,603 died.

"We have successfully flattened the curve since April. The metrics for arriving at that conclusion of flattening the curve is actually one, the case doubling time of the COVID-19 infection has actually become longer," the Health chief said during the government's Pre-SONA forum.

The case doubling time –– or how fast the number of infections double in an area –– has slowed from a 2.5-day window during the early days of the local outbreak, Duque explained.

On Tuesday, Duque said it now takes between 8-12 days for infections to double in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the local contagion.

"The other metric to say that we've flattened the curve is also the mortality doubling time has also got longer and is now in the moderate risk classification," he added, ​noting that new cases have stabilized to about 200-250 per day.

New infections recorded the past few days are in the hundreds, with an all-time high increase of 2,434 tallied last July 5.