Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, during a hybrid meeting with senators, revealed that the country is currently on its second wave of the COVID outbreak. 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).
“Actually, nasa second wave tayo,” states Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, “Yung first wave natin nag-umpisa, happened some time in January noong nagkaroon tayo ng 3 Chinese nationals from Wuhan,” he added.
Moreover, in a May 07 online briefing, Dr. John Wong of Epimetrics, Inc. confirmed that the country is indeed on its second wave. Wong is a member of the sub-technical working group on data analytics of the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID19. Wong revealed that the second wave happened last March (first week).
However, Malacañang was quick to disagree with Duque’s statement that the country is on its second wave. Medical experts and Cabinet officials refuted the Health Secretary’s statement.
Duque apologized for his statement, adding that both parties may have a different interpretation of the data. To date (May 20), the country has a total of 9,447 active cases (13,221 total number of cases) with 89 new recoveries (2,932 total recoveries), and 5 new deaths (842 total deaths).