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WHO urges Filipinos to stay home after community quarantine to avoid spike of COVID-19 cases

An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said through a virtual presser on Tuesday (May 26), staying at home after the community quarantine would lessen the further transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines while waiting for a vaccine to be made.

"As we see the number of new reported cases, it's not rapidly decreasing even after the strict implementation of the community quarantine. If we stop staying at home, we might still see the explode or the increase in the number of new cases," said WHO Western Pacific Region technical officer Takeshi Nishijima.

Nishijima also urged the Filipino public to continue doing non-pharmaceutical practices such as physical distancing, regular handwashing, proper cough etiquette, and regular disinfection aside from staying at home.

For an efficient contact tracing, the official also advised the public to abide and cooperate with the local government units in the country in containing the spread of the virus.

"In the Philippines, we are seeing the new number of cases which is kind of stabilized a bit. But we're hoping that it will decrease in the prepared to continue what we do right now," Nishijima said.

As of May 27, the country's COVID-19 cases have rose to 14,669 with 3,412 recoveries and 886 deaths.

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