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Roque clarifies conflicting interpretations on 'COVID-19 wave'

Philippine Information Agency
21 May 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) -- Conflicting interpretations on the current wave of COVID-19 infections have prompted Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque to clarify the current status on the rise and fall of cases in the country.

During his regular Malacanang press briefing multicast by the Presidential Communications and attached government media on Thursday, Roque said the "first wave" may still be ongoing.

"Tayo po ay nasa first wave. Paano po nasabi ng ilang tao sa gobyerno na tayo ay nasa second wave na? Alam niyo po ang medisina ay para ring mga abogado 'yan, iisa lang ang batas namin pero iba-iba nang interpretasyon. Iisa ang sensiya, iisa ang datos, iba-iba ang basa," Roque said.

"Meron ibang bumasa na ang tatlong kaso ng Tsino ay first wave na. Sa tingin ko kung titignan natin ang depenisyon ng kurbada, it is a number of cases over the period of time of community acquired cases, eh dapat po siguro ay simula lamang yung tatlong kaso ng mga Tsino. Nagpapatuloy po ang first wave, sa katunayan nagpatuloy ito noong Pebrero at lumobo noong March hanggang buwan ng Mayo. Sana po ay nalinawan kayo rito," he added.

The official, however, downplayed the apparent conflicting statements made by some government officials on the first and second wave of COVID-19.

"Maliit na bagay. Sintonado lang ang isa pero okay naman ang orchestra," he said, citing the country's improving governance have steadily helped it weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roque said government policies to tackle the virus should focus on preventing the arrival of a "second wave" or another surge of infections, and at the same time, flattening the curve or preventing the number of cases from exceeding the capacity of hospitals and other medical facilities.

"Tama ang ating Presidente, dapat gumawa ng mga hakbang para makaiwas sa second wave. Tayo po ngayon ay nasa first wave...Ang alon tumataas, bumababa.

He, meanwhile, acknowledged medical experts for helping him crunch the numbers and interpret existing data.

"Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa mga dalubhasang tumulong sa atin," he said.

As of Wednesday, the COVID-19 tally of positive cases broke the 13,000 mark, with 842 fatalities, and 2,932 recoveries. (PIA NCR)

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