Guillermo Eleazar said that there should be no room for complacency amidst the Omicron variant threat
GUILLERMO ELEAZAR — The senatorial aspirant said that there should be no room for complacency amidst the Omicron variant threat.
Eleazar commended the national government for its timely decision to ban the travel from South Africa, Botswana, and other countries where the Omicron COVID-19 variant was detected.
“At this point, the first important step that must be taken is to ensure that this new variant will not enter the country,” said Eleazar. “The government has so far made a good decision by suspending all the flights from South Africa and other countries where this variant was detected.”
Having worked with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), Eleazar said that he had seen adjustments that were made based on the lessons learned and the prevailing situation.
However, Eleazar said that there should be no room for complacency since health experts warned that the said variant was more transmissible than the Delta variant.
Eleazar’s statement came after Malacanang announced last Friday that the government had already suspended all incoming flights from countries with confirmed cases of the Omicron variant — including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique.
Manila Bulletin reported that the flight suspension immediately took effect and will last until December 15, 2021.
“What is important now is that we are ramping up our vaccination drive and we have booster shots, and vaccination now also include 12-17 years old,” Eleazar said.
Eleazar also said that the public will continue protecting themselves, adding that the minimum public health standard should be strictly enforced in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and possible entry of the Omicron variant.