Galvez: Covid now more infectious

- Advertisement -

More from author

Pro online chess tilt unwraps

TWENTY-FOUR teams start trading wits on Saturday night as the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) unwraps its...

Market study reveals ‘big’ export potential for PHL agricultural products in European market

A market study found that coconut, calamansi, carrageenan, and moringa have big potential in European markets. Other Philippine agricultural products...

Garments, hard goods exports to grow 10% to 15% this year

Exports of garments and so-called hard goods are expected to grow up to 15 percent to about $1.4 billion...

DSWD disburses P983-million aid for Caraga seniors in 2020

BUTUAN CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) social pension program has disbursed a total of P983.2 million...

Cebu Pacific issues advisory to passengers as PHL extends travel ban on 34 places till January 31

Cebu Pacific has issued an advisory to travelers on how it will comply with the Philippine government's travel ban...

ILO cites woes of digital home-based workers

DIGITAL home-based workers in the country are mostly well-educated, but suffer substandard work benefits, according to a new report...

Peralta’s application for early retirement approved as SC opens nomination for Chief Justice

THE Judicial and Bar Council has announced that the application and nomination for the next Chief Justice is now...

Government efforts against Covid-19 enters its critical phase as the virus seems to have gotten more infectious according to an official.

“We have observed that the behavior of the virus has changed in terms of its reproduction,” Chief implementer of the government’s national policy on Covid-19 Carlito Galvez said during an online media briefing on Monday. 

Last month, the Department of Health (DOH) reported the reproductive rate or R-naught of Covid-19 increased from 1.09 to 1.23, which means Covid positive patients could infect more people.  

Galvez also noted the resumption of business operations as well as family gatherings helped in spreading the virus further. 

These developments together with the intensified expanded targeted testing efforts of the government led to ballooning Covid-19 cases in the country, which has now reached 106,330 as of Aug. 3, 2020. 

Clustered cases

This was confirmed by Health undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire, who said there was now a significant number of clusters of Covid-19 nationwide.  

She explained clusters are incidents where there are two or more Covid positive individuals located in a single household, barangay, municipality and on so forth. 

“There are 887 clusters nationwide, wherein 741 are based in communities,” Vergeire said. 

The large number of Covid-19 infection, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) prompted medical organizations to call on the government put the region to raise the community quarantine classification in a bid to allow medical workers to rest as well as slowdown the reproduction of the virus. 

Recalibrated response  

On Sunday, President Rodrigo R. Duterte granted the request and placed NCR, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from Aug. 4, 2020 to Aug. 18, 2020. 

Under the MECQ, public transportation as well as movement of people will be limited. Non-essential establishments will also be stopped from operating and quarantine passes will once again be reimposed. 

For companies, which will be allowed to operate, they will only be allowed to 50 percent of their personnel working in their respective workplaces. 

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government will take advantage of the MECQ by allowing medical workers to rest by getting health workers from other areas of the country to serve as their substitute. 

He said thee government will also use the MECQ to expand the critical care capacity as well as the available  testing and isolation activities in the NCR.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisement -

More updates

SMART SOLUTIONS FOR SMARTER BUSINESS | Unleashing the fullest potential of Filipino enterprises

Cortex Enterprise Solutions was built to empower Filipino businesses to be on par with the digital transformation of enterprises...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More updates

He was one of Asia’s richest men. Now he’s fending off debt collectors

IN just five years, Hong Kong property tycoon Pan Sutong has gone from ranking among Asia’s wealthiest people to...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

In case you missed it

- Advertisement -