Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned the public of the possibility of a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19.

“I hope we don’t experience what is happening in Europe as what is being reported by international news agencies, but we cannot deny that the number of infections may rise again if we become irresponsible,” said Domagoso.

We must survive, and in survival, there are certain responsibilities and one of those is an individual responsibility,” the mayor stressed.

Domagoso noted that despite the decline of the number of COVID-19 cases in the country based on the statements of the Department of Health (DOH) and some experts, if people start to relax and be complacent, then the possibility of a second wave is high.

Grateful that most Manileños are following health protocols, Domagoso reminded them saying: “Paalala ko, hindi natin minamaliit ang sitwasyon sa Europa. Hindi natin ikinalulugod lamang ang sitwasyon nila ngunit ginagamit natin yun bilang tanda ng paalala na nandyan pa ang panganib.”

On Tuesday, the DOH reported 1,990 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 344,713. This is the first time since September 22 that the country logged less than 2,000 COVID-19 cases per day. Of the total confirmed cases, 44,958 are active.

As of Monday, the Philippines still has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia and ranks 18th globally, despite having the world’s longest lockdown.

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