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PH to ask WHO if country already ‘contained’ COVID-19

The Philippine government plans to ask the World Health Organization if it has already contained the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a GMA News report, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they are seeking guidance from WHO following the decrease in COVID-19 positivity rate in the country.

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“For two weeks, we hope to have a positivity rate lower than 5% and we can ask guidance from WHO if we can declare that the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines has been controlled and contained,” Duque said.

Duque said that the country’s positivity rate is below 5% since November 13.

The WHO said that the standard positivity rate is below 5%.

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Despite declining COVID-19 cases, the government warns that the possibility of a fourth wave may still happen.

“Yes, there will be a possibility that we will have a fourth wave again. Our reminder is for all Filipinos Filipinos to wear masks and to get vaccinated and discipline themselves,” Galvez said. (TDT)

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