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Wait two weeks to see if there is an increase in cases, expert says

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) – The country is expected to wait at least 14 days to determine if there is a further rise in COVID-19 infections amid increased mobility and social gatherings this holiday season, an expert said.

Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, epidemiologist Dr John Wong stressed that the recent increase in cases persisted even though there were fewer test results.

“On the other hand, we’ve been here before. If you remember, from December 15th to 17th there was also a rapid increase – up to 580 – but it was not sustained. dropped after that, “he said.

“So we’ll have to wait a few more days to find out if this increase is sustainable,” Wong added. “Maybe another 9 or 10 days. I would like to see a persistent 14 day increase before I say that this is an increase that can be sustained.”

Dr Michael Tee of the OCTA research group, however, noted that the current rise in cases was not similar to the peak in infections from December 15 to 17.

He said the latter was “motivated by the recognition and registration of pending cases”, not by an increase in the positivity rate.

Wong reminded the public to always adhere to minimum public health standards, especially wearing face masks. If you are having holiday gatherings, people should do so in “very well ventilated places,” he said.

OCTA Research reported the slight increase in daily infections over the past few days, but said it was too early to tell if such a scenario was just a “holiday hike.”

The Philippines has recorded 433 new cases for two consecutive days since Christmas, above the 200-300 average in previous weeks.