PH COVID-19 Case Doubling Rate Too Fast for MGCQ

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  • In Metro Manila, the chances of easing quarantine restrictions remain uncertain because the case doubling time is too short although the government has increased its critical care capacity.
  • Metro Manila, the country’s hot-spot of coronavirus cases, currently has a nine-day case doubling rate.
  • COVID-19 cases hit 147,526 on Thursday, 74,713 of these being active cases.
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In Metro Manila, the chances of easing quarantine restrictions remain uncertain because the case doubling time is too short although the government has increased its critical care capacity.

Metro Manila, the country’s hot-spot of coronavirus cases, currently has a nine-day case doubling rate. This constitutes half of all the country’s total and active COVID-19 infections.

“On the basis of critical care capacity, if we proceed with the inauguration and use of the 250 additional bed capacity, it’s possible. But another factor is the case doubling rate. It must be longer, we are presently at nine, but MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) requires at least 28 days,” Roque explained.

Until August 18, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal are under modified enhanced community quarantine. COVID-19 cases hit 147,526 on Thursday, 74,713 of these being active cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to address the nation on August 17 to announce the latest quarantine classifications for the population. Roque said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases already has guidelines for other parts of the country.

The government has worked vigorously in recent weeks to increase the hospitals’ critical care capacity.

Roque cited the ongoing expansion of East Avenue Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Quezon Institute, and Philippine General Hospital.

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