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Third wave of COVID-19 infections expected as gov’t loosens lockdown

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According to an epidemiologist advising the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), a third wave of COVID-19 infections can be expected as the gov’t loosens the lockdown imposed on major urban areas.

Dr. John Wong, a member of the IATF’s subtechnical working group on analytics, warns of the possible third wave of infections as the gov’t is slated to end the lockdown on May 15.

As a way to prevent the third wave, a phased easing of restrictions will be implemented to prevent the re-emergence of the virus.

“To prevent that third wave, we have to observe all the mitigation measures, like physical distancing, hand hygiene, frequent cleaning,” Wong said.

According to Dr. Wong, the first wave of infections happened back in January when the country first recorded cases of the virus involving Chinese tourists.

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Additionally, the second wave of infections is the current spread of the coronavirus that afflicted more than 10,000 Filipinos.

“We can’t say that we’ve won the battle until we have a vaccine. But at least for now, we’ve been able to control the outbreak and buy time for the health system to increase its capacity,” Dr. Wong stated.

Moreover, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire pointed out that the people still need to cooperate as the coronavirus continues to threaten the country.

“[T]he threat to our health remains. We may be better prepared, but without a cure, vaccine, or if we do not follow our health protocols, we could go back to where we started,” Vergeire said in her online presser.

“We are confident that we can implement a response to another outbreak that is safe and effective. Let us be mindful of each other. The way we choose to behave out in public in the coming weeks could save lives,” the health undersecretary said.

According to DOH, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now at 10,004, the department has recorded 1,506 recoverees, and 658 deaths.

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