THE World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Philippines risks seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases if the people fail to comply with health protocols.
WHO issued the “timely warning” following reports that COVID-19 cases have gone up in some areas throughout the country, which is holding elections on May 9.
The Department of Health (DOH) also reported a gradual increase of COVID-19 cases in 14 areas in the country.
Note that thousands of supporters of national and local candidates join motorcades, rallies and other gatherings, but many participants are seen not wearing masks.
During these political activities, supporters also ignore the government-decreed policy of “social distancing,” which is designed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Thus, we commend Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion for calling on the country to ramp up vaccinations and maintain “the wall of immunity.”
To help re-accelerate the government’s vaccination program, Concepcion suggested putting an expiry date on primary vaccination cards and requiring booster cards.
Records show that only 13.7 percent of Filipinos have received COVID-19 booster shots, while 74.1 percent have received their first two shots, meaning they are considered as “fully vaccinated.”
Of course, we must not forget that the dreaded virus from Wuhan, China, which has claimed the lives of millions of people throughout the world, including Filipinos.
Talagang nandiyan pa rin ang banta ng COVID-19 kaya dapat lagi pa rin tayong sumunod sa mga health protocol.