Pacquiao urges public to stay vigilant, follow health protocols amid Omicron threat

Pacquiao urges public to stay vigilant, follow health protocols amid Omicron threat

People’s Champ and presidential aspirant Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao. (Photo: South China Morning Post)

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Receiving the news that the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is now the main coronavirus strain in the United States, MP3 Alliance standard-bearer, incumbent senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao is urging the public to continue following the standard health safety protocols despite decreasing number of Covid-19 cases across the country.

In the latest reports coming from Washington, the Omicron variant is accounting for 73.2 percent of new cases in North America over the past week, as tallied by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is based on data for the week ending on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

During the prior week period, Omicron accounted for only 12.6 percent of US cases but the CDC indicated that Omicron already constitutes more than 90 percent of new US cases in the Pacific Northwest and much of the US South and parts of the Midwest.

Following this development, Pacquiao enjoined Filipinos to stick with the protocols as this would ensure that they are protected from infection, especially since a third Omicron case in the country has been detected recently by the authorities.

“Kailangan pa rin nating sumunod sa mga protocol tulad ng pagsusuot ng face mask at social distancing at dapat nating umiwas sa mga super spreader events tulad ng pagtitipun-tipon sa mga kulob na lugar,” he reminded the citizenry.

“Alam nating ngayong Kapaskuhan ay panahon ng mga reuniuon at pagdiriwang pero makakabuti na umiwas muna tayo sa mga party o selebrasyon na maaaring daluhan ng maraming tao dahil baka ito ang maging dahilan para kumalat muli ang virus kahit bumababa na ang mga kaso ng Covid-19 sa iba’t ibang lugar sa ating bansa,” he added.

In the past week, the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus, which includes the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, and Bulacan, recorded a seven-day average of 79 new Covid-19 cases, based on data from independent pandemic monitor OCTA Research. This figure is lower than the seven-day average of 91 Covid-19 infections per day logged from December 6 to 12. The reproduction number, however, slightly increased from 0.39 to 0.48. (ai/mtvn)

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