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Second wave or spike? Experts share opinions on rising daily COVID-19 case count as netizens worry of second wave

As the government, state hospitals, and private institutions meet to address the rise of COVID cases, several experts have made it known that the Philippines is not experiencing a second wave of COVID-19.

With daily COVID-19 cases recently reaching a high of over 3,000, fears of the coming of COVID-19’s second wave have hit Philippine shores.

Several experts, however, look to allay those fears, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH).

A statement from WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe made it clear: the country is far from containing the first wave of COVID-19.

Several netizens would agree with Abeyasinghe in hopes of allaying fears of another nationwide lockdown…

… though most would say this is a direct result of the government’s mishandling of the global pandemic.

As a response to the rising case count, the DOH has set a meeting with hospitals in Metro Manila to address the situation.

Localized lockdowns have also been imposed in several cities in Metro Manila to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The cities of Manila, Pasay, Quezon City, and Navotas City have imposed lockdowns in select barangays, compounds, and/or streets after being hit with a surge of cases.

The DOH has also released a statement regarding rumors of another metro-wide lockdown after they detected more infectious variants of COVID-19.

In a statement, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergiere said each locality will instead implement a more localized response to more effectively cut transmission of new cases.

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