Senator Christopher “Bong” Go appealed to the Filipino public to remain vigilant against COVID-19 amid the threat posed by the reportedly highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. He also continued to remind everyone to adhere to necessary health protocols in a concerted effort to prevent its further spread.
The Delta Plus variant, which was initially found in India, has also been labeled a “variant of concern” by the Indian government, in addition to the original Delta variant.
This comes only weeks after India began to see a decrease in COVID-19 cases after a lethal second wave saw cases reach 400,000 per day. Experts in India are concerned that the new type could start the third wave.
As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go, meanwhile, emphasized the importance of self-discipline and bayanihan in warding off the threats of the virus and its emerging variants. He also remarked that Filipinos’ key contribution to the sacrifices of frontline workers who risk their lives while on duty will be cooperation.
Urging those hesitant to get vaccinated to cast off their fears, Go also underscored the importance of getting vaccinated to protect one’s body from the worst effects of the virus.
The Department of Health cited the national vaccination program as a key factor for the reduction of the daily new cases in Metro Manila. From June 16 to 22, the average number of daily new cases in Metro Manila was estimated at 685, lower than the 825 average cases recorded a week prior.