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DOH retracts earlier statement: No emerging COVID-19 hotspots in Metro Manila

/ 03:13 AM July 07, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday night retracted its earlier announcement that four cities in Metro Manila had been classified as “emerging hotspots” for COVID-19.

Earlier in the day, the DOH announced that Marikina, Muntinlupa, Makati, and Quezon City had been deemed hotspots for coronavirus infection.

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According to the DOH, the cities were “mistakenly classified as hotspots” and that the announcement was “based on a report last month.”

As of July 5, the DOH noted that COVID-19 cases in three of the four cities actually show a significant decline in the growth of cases, with Marikina decreasing by 68%, Muntinlupa by 10%, and Makati by 4%.

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But the DOH said that it was “closely monitoring” Quezon City which has shown a 34% case growth.

“We apologize for the confusion. This is our up to date record. We will redouble our efforts to keep our reports as current as possible,” the DOH said.

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