COVID-19 reproduction rate sa NCR, muling tumaas; panibagong surge pinangangambahan – OCTA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021   •   141

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang OCTA Research team hinggil sa posibilidad ng muling pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 surge dahil sa tumataas na namang reproduction rate sa National Capital Region (NCR).

Ayon sa OCTA Research team, umaabot ngayon sa 1.15 ang reproduction rate sa NCR na mas mataas kumpara sa 0.91 noong nakaraang linggo.

Ibig sabihin, higit na sa isang tao ang maaaring mahawa ng isang nag-positibo sa COVID-19.

Ayon kay OCTA Research Fellow, Dr. Guido David, ang nakikitang pagtaas ngayon ay kagaya umano noong panahon na nagkaroon ng COVID-19 surge sa bansa sa unang bahagi ng taon.

“We are seeing an increase which is similar to the increase we saw last February,” ani David.

Naniniwala si David na ang pagkalat ng Delta variant ang isa sa mga sanhi ng muli na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Based on the evidence that there are local cases of the Delta variant in Manila and the NCR, there is sufficient cause to suspect na at least part of this is driven by the Delta variant,” ani David.

Kapag muling tumaas ang kaso ng COVID-19, mapupuno ang mga ospital at mangangailangan muli ng mas maraming facility beds at manpower ang mga ospital lalo na sa NCR Plus areas.

Kaya panawagan ng grupo sa pamahalaan, pabilisin ang COVID-19 response at agad magpatupad ng mga hakbang upang mapigilan ang lubhang pagtaas ng mga kaso.

“Maybe it’s too early to call it a surge pero we should not wait for it to become a surge before we act on it. It’s better if we are cautious. We act on this now and make preparations, interventions,” dagdag pa niya.

Bagaman hindi pa makumpirma sa ngayon kung mayroon nang local transmission ng Delta variant, sinabi ni Health Secretary Francisco Duque III na may posibilidad na nangyayari na nga ito.

“As we ramp up our response, our capacities we need to assume na mayroon ng local transmission but there is yet no evidence to establish because investigations are ongoing to link this identified local cases to and international travelers who might have brought it here,” ani Duque.

Once you are able to establish that then mas maganda because of course it doesn’t mean only just because ma-link mo siya into a international traveller you let your guards down, you don’t, that’s why you continue to assume that there is transmission,” dagdag pa niya.

Tiniyak naman ng Department of Health na pinaghahandaan na ng pamahalaan ang posible pang pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases sa bansa.

Bukod sa oxygen supply ay nagdagdag na rin ng hospital beds sakaling dumami ang mga pasyenteng kailangang i-admit sa mga pagamutan.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 47 na ang naitatalang kaso ng Delta variant sa bansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

NCR remains under GCQ with heightened restrictions until August 15

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) until August 15, 2021.

The approval was based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) given the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

“Ginusto man niyo o hindi kailangan  itong ganitong patakaran for you to survive; para mabuhay kayo. As shown with what is happening in other countries, there is really a pandemic in the true sense of the word in Indonesia, India and Thailand,” the President said during the televised meeting on Wednesday (July 28).

The following quarantine classifications take effect in the following areas:

Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 7)
Iloilo City
Cagayan de Oro
Gingoog City

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 15)
Ilocos Norte
Bataan
Lapu-Lapu City
Mandaue City

General Community Quarantine  with heightened restrictions (August 1- August 15)
National Capital Region
Ilocos Sur
Cagayan
Bulacan
Laguna
Lucena city
Cavite
Rizal
Naga City
Antique
Aklan
Bacolod City
Capiz
Negros oriental
Zamboanga del sur
Misamis Oriental
Davao City
Davao del Norte
Davao de Oro
Davao Occidental
Butuan City

General Community Quarantine  (August 1 – August 31)
Baguio City
Apayao
City of Santiago, Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Quezon
Batangas
Puerto princesa
Guimaras
Negors occidental
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
City of Zamboanga
Davao Oriental
Davao Del Sur
General Santos City
Sultan Kudarat
Sarangani
North cotabato
South cotabato
Caraga
Agusan del norte
Surigao del norte
Agusan del sur
Dinagat islands
Surigao del sur
BARMM
Cotabato

Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)
The rest of the country

US Defense chief Austin to meet with Duterte on July 29 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III at Malacañang on Thursday, July 29.

In a statement, the Palace said Austin will pay a courtesy call on Duterte upon his arrival in the Philippines.

Austin is on an official visit to Southeast Asia that includes stops in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The visit aims to bolster the US’ ties with the said nations.

He will stay in Manila until Friday.

The US Defense chief’s visit highlights the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the United States and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty, the Palace said.

Executive Secretary Salvador Mediadea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje are expected to attend the courtesy call, it added.

UK to donate 415,000 shots of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive more than 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the United Kingdom (UK), the British Embassy said on Wednesday.

In a statement, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the AstraZeneca vaccine shots bound for the Philippines are part of the first batch of 100 million doses that the UK pledged to donate to low-income countries worldwide.

“The UK is sending 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Philippines. This is part of the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged to get the poorest parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency,” Raab said.

“We’re doing this to help the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is safe,” he added.

The British embassy said the vaccines are expected to start leaving the UK this week.

The UK has pledged to donate 100 million vaccines overseas by June 2022. Around 80 million of which will go to World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility, with the rest going to countries directly

“The donations follow the pledge that G7 leaders made to vaccinate the world and end the pandemic in 2022,” the embassy said.

“This week’s deployment will help meet the urgent need for vaccines from countries around the world, including in Africa, South East Asia and the Caribbean. These regions are experiencing high levels of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” it added.

The Philippine government earlier said it has so far secured a total of 164 million vaccine doses from different vaccine manufacturers for this year through purchase as well as donations coming from the COVAX facility and other donor countries.

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