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So Duque Really Just Said that the PH Has 'Successfully Flattened the Curve Since April.' Dude, What?

Do they take us for fools?
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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III really just said that the Philippines has “successfully flattened the curve since April,” and we literally had to make a double-take to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke or satire. But it looks like we’re the ones they take for fools because that statement really happened.

For reasons that confound us, he really said that.

The guy who’s in charge of handling this pandemic. No need to panic, right?

He cited case doubling time and longer mortality doubling time as proof of his, let's say, hypothesis.

Unfortunately for Duque, it appears that the truth stands against him. Fact check: The curve is not flattening. Let’s look at the data compiled by the University of the Philippines COVID-19 response team.

Here’s a graph of the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

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That curve doesn’t really look like it’s flattening.

Here’s another graph of the epidemic curve or new cases per day in the Philippines.

 

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Also not flattening.

And here’s a look at UP’s projection of cases within the next two months.

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Would you look at that! Not. Flattening.

We don’t know what graphs Duque’s been looking at, but we’d love to get a peek. It’s either that or the rest of usmillions of ushave gone temporarily blind and fail to see where the curve is flattening.

Maybe we missed a spot?

At this point, we've run out of coherent words to react properly to this WTF moment, so let us express our sentiments in the best way we can: memes. 

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