PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque clarified that the Philippines still dwells on its first coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
It is in contrast to Health or DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III’s statement during a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the country is now experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 transmission.
“Actually, nasa second wave tayo, batay sa batikang epidimiologist na ang first wave natin happen sometime in January,” said Duque.
The Palace spokesman shared that the first wave started when three Chinese nationals arrived in the country which was COVID-19 carriers, but then he insisted that it is not a community-acquired, but then, this is when the first wave gets underway.
“Nagpapatuloy po ang first wave. Sa katunayan, nagpatuloy ito sa buwan ng Pebrero na mayroon tayong konting mga kaso na nai-report at lumobo sa buwan ng March,” clarified Roque.
The number of COVID-19 cases arose up to the month of May but then it started a gradual decrease or slowly flattened the curve.
However, Roque explained the second wave statement of Duque, he likened the science to a lawyer, having different interpretation but do have one law.
“At alam ninyo naman sa siyensiya, mayroon tayong de minimis ‘no; iyong tatlo naman iyong, napakaliit po para maging isang wave din. So, sabihin na lang nating hindi nagkamali kundi nagkaroon ng kakaibang opinion,” said Roque.
Meanwhile, the Palace made an apology to the public over the alarming announcement of the second wave of COVID-19.
However, Secretary Roque reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s affirmation to carry out actions to contain the second wave of the deadly virus.
Malacañang then reminded everyone on history when the Spanish flu pandemic severely devastated the whole world after numerous people have died on its second wave.