DOH chief: Goal is to bring down COVID-19 cases to lower than 2,000 per day

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (PIA NCR file photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, May 14 (PIA) -- Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday said the country's goal is to bring down daily COVID-19 cases to below 2,000.

"Our goal is to bring it down to lower than 2,000 cases per day which was the pre-surge number,” Duque said in a media briefing after a symbolic vaccination at Makati Medical Center in Makati City.

In Metro Manila, the Health Secretary said the government would like to bring down the COVID-19 to "less than 500 [a day], which was the pre-surge number.”

Duque also sought the public’s help to "sustain the downward trend" in COVID-19 cases.
He said this can be achieved by strictly complying with minimum public health standards.

“There has been a downward trend in the number of cases,” said Duque. 

“If you look at the trend, it’s quite clear, it’s going down” he said, noting that for the past four weeks, the numbers of COVID-19 cases – based on a 7-day moving average – have been going down.

For the downward trend to be sustained, Duque urged everyone “to work together.”

As of May 13, active COVID-19 cases went up slightly to over 55,000 with 6,385 new infections. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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