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MANILA, May 25 (Mabuhay) –After dozens of party attendees tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public on Monday that the battle against the virus has not yet been won despite the decrease in cases.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire lamented that a street pool party on May 9, and a drinking and videoke session on May 11 in Quezon City led to 54 COVID-19 infections.

Video footage shared by the Quezon City government showed carousers not wearing face masks and not observing social distancing.

Authorities are still awaiting the COVID-19 test results of 20 other people.

“Nakakagulat at nakakalungkot dahil maya’t maya naman po ang ating paalala na bagamat bumababa po ang ating mga kaso dito sa ating bansa, specifically in NCR, we are not out of the woods yet,” Vergeire said in a briefing.

“Nandito pa rin po ang virus at maaari pa rin pong tumaas ulit ang ating mga kaso,” she added.

Vergeire said the DOH was working with local governments to ensure the strict enforcement of health protocols against COVID-19.

She also called on the public to remain vigilant and avoid parties for now.

“Alam naman po natin sabik na sabik na kayo, tayong lahat na magkaroon ng ganitong mga pagkakasiyahan pero… sana po ay patuloy pa rin ang ating pag-iingat,” Vergeire said.

The Philippines logged 1,179,812 COVID-19 cases with 1,109,226 recoveries and 19,951 deaths as of Sunday afternoon. (MNS)

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