DUTERTTE wants reimposition of tight protocols as Delta threat looms

President Rodrigo Duterte said in his July 19 public address that the country may return to “stricter measures” in case of Delta variant spread in the country.

He said the detection of 16 Delta variant cases last July 16, including 11 tagged as local cases, should put the country in “grave concern” due to the variant’s more aggressive and fatal nature.

Police personnel conduct a checkpoint along E. Aguinaldo Highway at the boundary of the cities of Imus and Dasmariñas in Cavite on March 29, 2021. The setting up of checkpoints is in compliance with the government’s implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 4, 2021 to prevent the spread of Covid-19. /(PNA photo by Gil Calinga)/ File

“We may need to reimpose stricter restrictions to avoid mass gatherings and prevent superspreader events… Kung sakali man it will spread — I hope it will not — then we’ll have to go again to stricter measures,” he said.

“I hope that our existing infrastructure in dealing with the problem of COVID-19 can cope up, depende kung the vaccines for COVID-19 can be as effective in dealing with the virus Delta,” he added.

The Department of Health (DOH) said Monday that Delta variant fatalities in the country have increased to three. Health Sec. Francisco Duque III said the majority of Delta variant cases are imported, and added that the most common variant in the country is the Beta varia

The DOH said it continues to monitor cases and other health indicators in response to the variant. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Benhur Abalos said the National Capital Region is also prepared in case of Delta variant transmission.

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