Filipinos Urged To Follow Health Protocols Amidst COVID-19 Wave In Other Countries

People wearing face masks as protection against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prepare to present their vaccination cards as the Philippine capital region restricts public transport to only allow fully vaccinated people, at a train station in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Jan.17, 2022. (Reuters / Lisa Marie David)

Despite the recent low number of COVID-19 cases, Filipinos warned each other to continue adhering to minimum public health protocols after OCTA research groupforecast report.

OCTA Research Fellow Guido Davide said the Philippines could soon see an increase in active coronavirus infections from 50,000 to 100,000, considering the surge experienced by other countries.

According to him, the country has similar characteristics to South Africa and India, both of which have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.

David said that within a week, new cases in South Africa went from 1,000 to 4,000.

Meanwhile, cases in Delhi, India, are rising from one hundred to one thousand.

“Bakit about this? Kasi ‘yung situation in sa atin, medyo sumusunod tayo sa situation in some countries like South Africa, India and Indonesia “, said David in a Press conference.

“Dahil knows how to go to South Africa and India, I think it is very likely that he will be on other trips to Pilipinas in the near future. Hindi ko masasabi kung kailan ‘yan, kung sa May or June, pero dahil nakikita nakita na into in South Africa and India, is probably na mangyayari idem, “she added.

David claimed that the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are responsible for the surge in South Africa, while the BA 2.12 subvariant is responsible for Delhi.

the Department of Health said earlier that a 50% reduction. in compliance with the minimum public health protocols in Metro Manila, 25,000 to 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 could occur per day.

OCTA Research’s warning urged Filipinos to issue reminders on continued adherence to preventative measures against the virus.

“Don’t forget to hide the mask, diminish the masks and eyes. Stay healthy and safe to everyone! ” a Facebook user She said.

“Respect minimum public health standards, always wear a mask in public places (and do) regular sanitation”, another online users commented.

The minimum public health protocols are the constant use of masks, the practice of physical spacing of at least one meter from each other, the constant washing of the hands and the observance of proper ventilation in the spaces.

“Sa mga kampante masyado diyan … ma matigas ang bungo, ingat po tayo, ‘wag natin hintayin matulad tayo sa ibang bansa lalo na (sa) China … kawawa mga (pamilya) natin”, a different Philippine commented.

Another OCTA researcher, Ms. Austrian Nicanoresaid the country should increase the launch of COVID-19 boosters.

“It is important at this point, in the next month or so, to increase empowerment to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these three emerging variants. Any of these variants could trigger another wave in our country when it arrives because these three will pass BA.2, “he said.

Omicron BA.2 is the dominant Omicron sub-variant in the country, with greater transmissibility compared to the main variant of Omicron.

descendants of Omicron

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants have been reported in South Africa and other European countries.

According to the doctor Maria van Kerkhovechief epidemiologist of the World Health Organizationthese have “less than 200 sequences available so far”.

He added that while they are monitoring the sub-variant, “they have not yet seen any change in epidemiology or severity” at the time. April 13.

On the other hand, the sub-variant of Omicron BA.2.12 causing a surge of COVID-19 cases in New York.

the Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention he also said he has it compound at 10% variants circulating in South Korea.

The agency said BA.2.12 is estimated to be about 20% more transmissible than BA.2.

National Geographic alike reported that BA.2.12 was responsible for 20% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States in early March, the month it was discovered.

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