The Department of Health, last Thursday, clarified that the country is still in the first wave of the COVID outbreak – contrary to the statement of Health Secretary Francisco Duque. Health Secretary Duque earlier claimed that the country is facing the second wave of the outbreak as the first wave happened sometime in January.
“Earlier presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that we are still in the first wave of the epidemic. The DOH confirms that yes we are on the first wave driven by a local community transmission,” states Dr. Beverly Ho, Director of the DOH Promotion and Communications Service.
Moreover, Ho apologizes for the confusion.
“We apologize for the confusion that this has caused but we hope that this does not in any way distract us from what we really need to do to change the course of this pandemic,” Ho adds.
It may be recalled that Health Secretary Francisco Duque, during a hybrid meeting with senators, revealed that the country is currently on its second wave of the COVID outbreak.
Ho, on the other hand, clarified that the country is still in the first wave.
“Kung matatandaan niyo po local community transmission happened noong nagsimula po tayo magreport ng cases ng mga kababayan natin sa walang exposure sa mga positive cases o kaya walang travel history. We are still in this wave,” Ho reveals.
‘Second wave’ is defined as a phenomenon of infections that can develop during a pandemic. The disease infects one group of people first then appears to decrease. When a second spike in infections increase, this is referred to as a second wave (according to MedicineNet).