Eleazar favors limited mobility of unvaccinated individuals

Eleazar favors limited mobility of unvaccinated individuals

By Tracy Cabrera

LGUs have been directed to regulate the entry of minors in malls and public places. File photo shows parents with their children inside a department store in Manila under Alert Level 2. (Photo: EdgeProp)

MANILA — With two metro mayors testing positive of Covid-19 and the National Capital Region (NCR) reverting to Alert Level 3 status, Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Eleazar is urging the government to intensify its vaccination program and at the same time implement measures to curtail the mobility of those who have not been vaccinated to prevent the further spread of infections amidst the threat of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
Eleazar, former executive officer of Task Force Covid Shield during his term as Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, issued the appeal following the spike of new Covid cases which has been traced to the apparent complacency and deliberate disregard by some in following minimum health safety protocols as well as the hesitancy of some in having themselves vaccinated with available vaccines.

The former PNP chief noted that during the holidays, there were many reported incidents of violations of protocols which should have been followed despite the downward trend of infections in mid-December and the placing of the National Capital Region Plus, which includes the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Bulacan, under Alert Level 2 status.

In reaction to the surge of Covid-19 cases, which doubled in recent days, health experts have warned the public to take steps in protecting themselves from infection and in Manila, mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso had announced keen restrictions in the city amid the return to Alert Level 3 in the NCR Plus starting today, January 3.

Over the weekend, Domagoso had an emergency meeting with Manila’s medical sectors along with the city’s health authorities to present plans and preparations that the local government would be using as guidelines in the coming weeks and months in preventing the further spread of Covid-19.

It was reported that from an average of 70 to 90 Covid patients, Manila’s active cases climbed to 574 as of Sunday, January 2 and this has prompted restrictions on unvaccinated minors and adults that prevent them from entering malls and utilizing public transportation vehicles

In reaction, Eleazar said that restrictions on the mobility of unvaccinated individuals should be implemented as this will help health authorities in preventing the further spread of the disease, especially since it has been noted that there is a significant increase not only of Covid cases but also of influenza, which could make some patients more prone to viral infections.

“Huwag nating sayangin ang mga sakripisyo nating ginawa para marating natin ang Alert Level 2 na ngayon ay nasa Alert Level 3 sanhi ng dumaraming mga kaso ng Covid-19. Let us cooperate so we can quickly normalize the situation and we will be able to fasttrack our recovery from the health crisis,” he stressed. (ai/mtvn)

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