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Philippines observes slowdown in COVID-19 local transmission

The Department of Health (DOH)  said on Wednesday (April 22),  the Philippines  rate of transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is slowing down indicating a "good development."

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said   in an interview that the number of arising coronavirus cases is decelerating based on their observation.

"Nakikita natin 'yung doubling time ng sakit, 'yung oras para mag-doble ng numero ang kaso ng COVID-19, ay medyo bumabagal. Dati nasa three days tayo, ngayon limang araw na ang binibilang natin. Magandang senyales 'yan para sa ating lahat," the DOH official said.

Vergeire added that as other countries experience a resurgence in the number of cases after lifting stringent measures, Philippines must not still see a room for complacency.

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, at the end of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on April 30,  President Rodrigo Duterte will not impose a 'total lockdown' but other decisions regarding ECQ have not yet been announced.

As of the moment the country has 6,710 COVID-19 cases with 693 recoveries and 446 deaths.

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