- The Palace clarified that the Philippines is not yet flattening the curve as of now.
The Palace debunked the reports that the Philippines is already flattening the curve when it comes to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
In a recent virtual press briefing, returning Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque stated that even though it is almost a week away from the supposed lifting of the enhanced community quarantine, we have not yet flattened the curve.
“Sa available data po natin and April 30 is only one week away, ngayon po, sa ngayon po hindi pa po natin naflatten ang curve,” he said.
This is in contrast to Dr. Edsel Salvana’s previous tweet that the recent number of cases each day seem to “indicate” flattening the curve of COVID-19.
“158 new cases. That’s higher than yesterday’s 76 cases but lower than the March 31 peak of 538 cases. This really seems to indicate flattening. This is encouraging and points to a real effect of ECQ. Extension is an option, but the hardest hit will need a lot of support,” he wrote.
158 new cases. That's higher than yesterday's 76 cases but lower than the March 31 peak of 538 cases. This really seems to indicate flattening. This is encouraging and points to a real effect of ECQ. Extension is an option, but the hardest hit will need a lot of support. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/zEPyYI4tjF
— Dr. Edsel Salvana (@EdselSalvana) April 5, 2020
In a tweet on April 9, Salvana stated that the curve is “relatively flat”.
206 new cases. Still below the previous peak of 538. Hope the curve stays relatively flat – this is the curve for new cases per day, not cumulative cases. The ECQ seems to be holding for now. Still early & anything can happen. Let's keep praying that this too shall pass. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/RKNTWOSdBk
— Dr. Edsel Salvana (@EdselSalvana) April 9, 2020
In another tweet, he stated that “ECQ is working”.
207 cases. Staying steady at about 200 cases per day. Despite increased testing. It isn't perfect but it is encouraging. Doubling time is ~14 days vs. 3 days between March 28-30. Remember ECQ effect is on a 2-week delay due to up to 14 day incubation. ECQ is working. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/qL4cxmuGVj
— Dr. Edsel Salvana (@EdselSalvana) April 16, 2020
The Philippines has 5,878 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 387 deaths, and 487 recoveries as of this writing.