Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

MANILA – Behind the weight of widespread criticisms, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has retracted from his earlier remark that PH is now experiencing a second wave of the novel coronavirus disease.

Duque conceded and veered away from mentioning again his “second wave” remark during a hearing held by the House committee on health Thursday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano both released statements in the media early in the day Thursday rejecting Duque’s “second wave” pronouncement which was made during an online Senate hearing Wednesday.

Netizens also wondered “why there could be a second wave when the first wave of COVID-19 is still upon us and the government only eased enhanced community quarantines a few days ago.”

The two government executives questioned the validity of the health chief’s declaration as the country has yet to flatten the curve on the cases of the killer disease.

 During the online Senate hearing, Duque said that the feared second wave had been in the country since March wherein the enhanced community quarantine was first implemented.

He also insisted that the country had already “flattened the curve” in terms of COVID-19 cases.

Aside from Medialdea and Ano, other public officials — from Senate lawmakers to congress — rejected Duque’s earlier statement, pointing to the lack of mass testing.

“Can you please explain to us, how can we say that we have already flattened the curve when we have not tested enough? Until we test enough, isolate enough and treat enough, this virus will continue to spread,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan asked Duque during the same hearing regarding the government’s COVID-19 response. (ia/

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