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Philippines still amidst first wave of Covid-19 pandemic: Duterte

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By Prince Golez

The Philippines is still grappling with the first wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), President Rodrigo Duterte said.

In a televised public address aired over state-run PTV-4 Wednesday, Duterte said the country was not experiencing a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

“Have we arrived at the second wave? I don’t think so. We are still grappling with the first wave,” the President said.

On Tuesday, the country recorded 47,873 cases, including 1,309 fatalities and 12,386 recoveries.

Meanwhile, Duterte said the government must be cautious in opening up the economy to avoid dramatic spikes of cases that could overwhelm the health care system.

“We have to be very circumspect in reopening of the economy. Dahan-dahan lang. If ever there is going to be a spike again, baka marami ang infected or re-infected, at least ‘yung calibrated numbers of people we allowed to go out would be still within manageable numbers,” he added.

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