No 2nd wave yet despite case hike

No 2nd wave yet despite 80K cases.

THE Department of Health yesterday said the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is yet to hit the Philippines despite the increase in the number of cases in the country.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the declaration after COVID-19 cases breached 80,000 as of July 26, Sunday, and after four days straight of more than 2,000 reported cases daily.

“As to the second wave, nag-aaral tayo, pero wala pa tayong naide-declare na ganito. Hindi pa rin natin nakikita na meron tayong ganyan. We will be giving information as to these instances based on the epidemiological analysis and numbers that we have. We cannot answer that [question if we are on second wave] now because it is being studied,” she added.

Vergeire also said the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases is expected, considering that quarantine protocols have been eased since June 1 to allow people to physically report back to work and the expanded testing.

“Nakikita natin na iyong expanded testing has been contributing a lot kasi tini-test na natin pati asymptomatic, at siyempre expected iyong increase in cases since we have eased restrictions, at mataas ang mobility ng tao,” she said.

“Kaya ang implication nito, we have to ready our health care system kasi mas maraming mangangailangan ng health care services,” the health official added.