When is it time to say that local COVID-19 cases have peaked? DOH explains

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Posted at Apr 25 2020 06:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2020 08:58 PM

If there is a consistent decline in new virus cases everyday and there are more people who get well, then it’s much easier to say that the numbers have peaked, a DOH official says. Agence France-Presse

MANILA—The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections has been lower than in previous weeks, but a health official on Saturday said it’s not yet time to say that total virus cases in the country have peaked.

“Mahirap sabihin . . . kung nasa peak, rurok na tayo sa dami ng infection dahil patuloy pa rin ang pagtala namin ng mga bago kaso kada-araw. Sa ngayon, consistent naman at naglalaro ang bilang natin between 100 to 200 cases per day,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

(It’s hard to say whether we’re at the peak now because we continue to receive new cases everyday. Right now, the caseload hovers between 100 to 200 every day.)

“Mas madaling sabihin kung nakakalagpas na tayo sa peak o rurok kapag tuloy-tuloy na ang pagbaba sa bilang sa mga bagong kaso ng COVID-19 na naitatala natin sa bawat araw at tuloy-tuloy na rin ang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga nakaka-recover o gumagaling sa sakit.”

(If we see a consistent decline in new virus cases everyday and there are more people who get well, then it’s much easier to say that, yes, we have peaked.)

Earlier in the day, the Department of Health logged 102 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s tally to 7,294. Of the total, 494 died and 792 others recovered.

The new cases are the lowest reported in a single day since April 4, when 76 cases were reported.

The Philippines had its biggest daily rise of COVID-19 infections on March 31 when it logged 538 cases. Since then, new cases reported daily in the country have dropped.