The Philippine government was open to lockdown bid amidst Delta COVID-19 variant threat, according to Dizon.
On Wednesday, NTF COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer and testing czar Vince Dizon said that the Philippine government was open to implementing a proposed lockdown in order to curb transmission of the more infectious Delta COVID-19 variant.
During the Laging Handa briefing, Dizon said that they need to be open to all options as they saw the experience of other countries.
“We saw the experience of other countries and we need to prepare; lahat ng options, dapat maging open tayo kung ano ang puedeng gawin. But of course we need to balance the response and it will be a difficult decision. We will be guided by our experts and we will work hard for a balanced solution,” Dizon said.
Government-imposed lockdowns have already resulted in job and income losses.
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During his final State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that further restrictions will make the economy bleed.
However, Dizon said that the best move at the moment was to beef up hospitals and to speed up vaccination against COVID-19 as those measures can be under control.
“It is hard to say if we are going to be ready in the event of a Delta variant infection surge because the virus is unpredictable. But what we can do is to increase our hospital beds, both ICU and regular beds, and speed up our vaccination,” Dizon said.
Furthermore, Dizon said that the Philippines was able to set a record-high administration of more than 650,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in a day as of July 27.
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