Bongbong Marcos: As a unified country, we will survive Omicron. We can still prevent it. Border control must be strengthened with health protocols maintained and we must speed up mass vaccinations to achieve herd immunity fast. The sooner, the better.
MANILA — In an effort to keep the country safe from the threat of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, government officials already extended travel bans to seven more European countries that initially covered seven African nations.
Reports have it the Omicron variant is slowly spreading around the world with 13 more cases found in the Netherlands and two each in Denmark and Australia as such, PH’s task force on Covid-19 placed Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy under its so-called “red list” until Dec. 15.
The ban initially covered South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique even as the Duterte administration already backpedaled on its plan on opening up the entry of fully vaccinated foreign tourists starting Dec. 1.
And this, according to leading presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos is one good step for the government in safeguarding the health of Filipinos as “the safety of the country is paramount” adding that unity and vigilance of Filipinos would prevail against the threat of the new strain.
The whole text of BBM’s message to the people is as follows:
“We are under the threat of a new variant of Covid-19: the Omicron.
Don’t be disheartened. We have been there. We have survived Covid-19’s all earlier variants.
I, myself, have survived Covid-19. It’s a painful process, but I did beat Covid-19.
As a unified country, we will survive Omicron. We can still prevent it. Border control must be strengthened with health protocols maintained and we must speed up mass vaccinations to achieve herd immunity fast. The sooner, the better.
We shall not allow the little gains against the pandemic we now enjoy to go to waste. We shall not panic, but we have to preempt the Omicron variant.
Our recovery as a country, although slow as it is, must not be compromised. The safety of the entire population is paramount.”