COVID-19 may infect up to 60% of PH population if ECQ is ignored — POPCOM

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2020   •   1736

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Population (POPCOM) fears the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may infect millions of Filipinos in a period of one year if the public will not support the government’s measures in fighting the disease.

In an interview with UNTV’s Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary and POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III said such estimate is based on the experience of other countries that also suffered the virulence of COVID-19.

Baka sa loob ng isang taon hanggang Disyembre ay umabot ng 40 to 60 percent ng population ay magkaroon ng COVID-19 [There’s a possibility that come December, about 40 to 60 percent of the country’s population is infected with COVID-19],” Perez warned.

Pero katulad ng sinasabi nila, 80% ng magkakaroon ng COVID-19 ay walang sintomas or very mild lamang ang symptoms [And like what experts were saying, about 80 percent of the people who may be infected by COVID-19 show no symptoms or just have mild symptoms], ” he added.

Usec. Perez noted the huge impact that the crisis may have on the elderly sector or the senior citizens who are considered the most vulnerable.  

“Batay sa bilang namin at ng (University of the Philippines Population Institute) may 5.5 million na senior citizen tayo na dalikado sa ganitong sitwasyon kaya mahigpit ang bilin na huwag silang lalabas ng bahay,” he said.

[Based on (POPCOM) and the UPPI’s tally, the country has about 5.5 million senior citizens who are at risk that’s why we are strictly warning them to stay at home.]

The official also noted that the country’s health system will be greatly burdened if the number of COVID-19 patients reaches 50,000 due to the scarcity of ventilators.

At present, the country has only about 1,500 ventilators, Usec. Perez said.

Another possibility is the rise in the number of unplanned pregnancies which may reach 50,000 to 100,000 if family planning programs will not be implemented during the ECQ.

The Philippines has a current population of 109,236,504 as of Tuesday (April 7) based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

DOTr requires all airport passengers to use contact tracing app

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

All airport passengers will be required to download and use the Traze app for contact tracing beginning November 28, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In an advisory released on Wednesday (October 28), the DOTr said passengers should register, follow the instructions indicated in the app, input the needed information, and activate the account.

IMPORTANT ADVISORYALL airport passengers MUST download and register an account in the TRAZE Contact Tracing App…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The app will enable the government’s contact tracing efforts, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, to be strengthened and be more efficient.

The department advised passengers without mobile devices to go to the Malasakit Helpdesk at the airport where they will be provided assistance in getting a unique QR code.

The Transportation department also assures that passenger information will remain secured and fully complied with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) or Republic Act No. 10173. –AAC

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Vietnam donates COVID-19 test kits to PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

The Vietnamese government has turned over US$50,000-worth of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits with accompanying extraction kits to the Department of Health (DOH).

The test kits were delivered to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., and Health Undersecretary Carolina Taino ceremonially received the donation from Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung.

“Describing the donation as a manifestation of the enduring close friendship between the Philippines and Vietnam, Ambassador Chung assured Secretary Locsin of the Vietnamese government’s support for the Philippines’ ongoing efforts in fighting COVID-19, as well as in promoting and protecting the welfare of the Filipino people,” the DFA said in a statement.

The donation comes ahead of the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippines-Vietnam Strategic Partnership on November 17. AAC

20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded among Filipinos abroad—DFA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad increased to 20 more as of Thursday (October 28), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Total confirmed cases, based on the recent report of the DFA, went up to 11,224 with 3,153 undergoing treatment and 7,254 recovered. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths reached 817.

“Figures [today] show 20 new confirmed cases, 6 new recoveries, and 1 new fatality due to COVID-19 among Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa,” the DFA said.

The total number of countries and regions with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 81.

“The DFA, together with its foreign service posts, remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amidst this ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the department said. AAC

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