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THE government has told the people to be prepared for the eventual arrival of “Omicron,” the new COVID-19 variant which is feared to be more contagious than “Delta.”
After the reported detection of the new “variant of concern” in South Africa, concerned government offices and agencies very quickly conducted a lot of preparations.
Knowing full well that “it’s only a matter of time” before its arrival in the country, the authorities are determined to come up with measures aimed at mitigating its effects.
Outright, the National Task Force against COVID-19 held an emergency meeting to discuss the adjustments in the nation’s pandemic response due to the new development.
“We are mobilizing our hospitals and looking at reconstitution of our health workers by providing them the needed boosters before the next variant comes,” said vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
But perish the thought of preventing the swift spread of the new COVID-19 “if we are not prepared for the arrival of “Omicron,” according to worried parents and community leaders.
Government authorities said “Omicron” has the potential to be highly transmissible and could cause an increase in COVID-19 cases should it enter this Southeast Asian nation.
No less than Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said COVID-19 cases in the country are seen to continue to go down until the end of the year.
However, the health department executive was quick to emphasize that the said projection does not factor in yet the threat of the newly-detected variant.
Thus, in the interest of a healthy population, the government and the private sector ought to work in unison if we are to win the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.