Inirekomenda ng Department of Health (DOH) na dagdagan pa ng isang linggo ang implementasyon ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) sa Metro Manila at apat pang karatig probinsya upang mapigilan ng husto ang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19.
“One week really is short. We have recommended an extension but of course we have to balance it off with the economy that’s why we need enough basis for us to have this extension,” paliwanag ni DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Nitong Lunes, Marso 29, nakapagtala ng mahigit 10,000 na bagong kaso ng COVID-19 ang bansa magmula ng magsimula ang pandemya noong nakaraang taon.
Ayon pa kay Usec. Vergeire, mas mainam din umanong ipatupad ng dalawang linggo ang ECQ upang mas maramdaman ang epekto at pagbaba ng kaso sa bansa.
Sa ngayon umano, ang epekto ng pagpapatupad ng NCR Plus sa limang lugar na sakop nito ay nakatulong sa pagpapabagal ng pagkalat ng virus subalit aminado rin si Usec. Vergeire na masyadong maikli ang isang linggo upang makita ang epekto nito.
“That’s really short. As I’ve said, we won’t even see any changes in our numbers. We might see more numbers after this 1 week because what we’re seeing right now are the numbers 2 weeks prior to this week. We are still going to see an accumulation to these numbers for the next 2 weeks,” pahayag ni Usec. Vergeire.
Sa kanilang pag-aaral aabot sa siyam na araw bago ma-isolate ng mga health authorities ang isang taong nagpositibo sa COVID-19.
“Why so? It takes about 3 days for people to decide if they would want to seek consult for their symptoms. It takes another 2 days for them to get tested and the waiting for the results, and then eventually being isolated. It takes 9 days in average. These 9 day causes a lot of transmission already,” giit ni Usec. Vergeire.
Kung hindi rin umano ipinatupad ang hard lockdown sa NCR Plus, maaaring magtala ng 430,000 aktibong kaso ng COVID19 ang bansa sa katapusan ng buwan ng Abril.
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