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Alessandra de Rossi, Sharon Cuneta, Janine Gutierrez, other celebrities react on DOH Sec. Francisco Duque III’s announcement that we’re now on 2nd wave of COVID-19 transmission

Celebrities shared sentiments on Duque’s statement about a COVID-19′ second wave.

Several celebrities shared on social media their reactions to the Department of Health’s (DOH) recent statement about COVID-19 situation in the country.

During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, May 20, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III claimed that the second wave of the new coronavirus disease is already happening in the country.

Duque’s pronouncement was then met with doubts and shock from netizens especially celebrities who expressed their reservations about this claim.

Alessandra de Rossi, K Brosas, Frankie Pangilinan, and Janine Gutierrez took to Twitter to air their take on the issue.

Meanwhile, Megastar Sharon Cuneta deleted her tweet “Oh dear Lord in heaven, please protect us. God bless the Philippines” upon knowing the Health Secretary retracted his earlier statement.

Even Malacanang officials have debunked Duque’s claim, saying the country is still on its first wave.

“Tayo po ngayon ay nasa (We are in the) first wave,” said presidential spokesman Harry Roque in a televised briefing.

However, a day after getting backlash on social media, Duque backtracked on his earlier statement reclassifying the situation as the country’s “first major wave” instead of the second wave of COVID-19 transmission.

“Because the first wave, which can be, of course…validated by Dr John Wong – he’s our expert epidemiologist – that indeed, there was a first wave but there is more, which consisted of just 3 imported cases in January. Then we have nothing for February,” Duque said.

“And then this was followed by a bigger wave, which is now what we consider the first major wave of sustained community transmission. So either way, it can be easily construed that where we are today is really the first major wave of sustained transmission,” he added.

With Duque’s flip-flopping, many netizens slammed his reckless statements with others even calling for his removal from office or his voluntary resignation.


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