A Better Strategy is Needed: Prolong ECQ is Never Enough

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As opposed to simply depending on an augmentation of the upgraded local area quarantine in Metro Manila and four close by regions to check the flood in COVID-19 cases, the public authority should execute contact following, mass testing, extension of isolate offices and improvement of the country’s medical services framework.

In view of  this, Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said that, if contact following and mass testing endeavors were more forceful and proactive, there could be early identification and seclusion of cases.

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The expansion of the lockdown won’t solely tackle the issue of the increment in COVID-19. Particularly, there ought to be an improvement in the quantity of infection and nonvirus bed limit in both public and private medical clinics, and the [Department of Health] ought to be considered responsible.

He added that the public government should likewise invest more energy in keeping work environments safe and infection free for every day breadwinners.

Recently,  Malacañang reported a one-week expansion of the strictest lockdown level in Metro Manila and the territories of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal.

Yet, medical clinics and disconnection offices stayed at full limits in Metro Manila. For this reason, Sen. Joel Villanueva on Sunday said the opportunity has already come and gone that President Duterte got unadulterated reports on the ground in the battle against COVID-19 to understand the gravity of the emergency unfurling in the country as opposed to depending on the expression of his pandemic directors.

Along with this, VP Leni Robredo has encouraged the public authority’s pandemic directors over again to build up clear goal lines and severe courses of events to gauge how well the nation is faring under the new lockdown measures.

In her public broadcast on Sunday, Robredo again asked the public authority to set down clear, essential plans—not simply broad orders for testing and treatment—to battle the flood of infection cases grasping the country. This implies defining week after week objectives to increase testing and location of COVID-19 cases, immunization of front-liners and senior residents, she said.

Morever, Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo proposed a family lockdown to capture the flood in COVID-19 cases, especially in Metro Manila and close by territories. In an articulation on Sunday, Quimbo said the current arrangements of the wellbeing office are plainly not working, as the nation detailed a record-high 12,576 new COVID-19 cases over the course of the end of the week.

She proposed a more limited lockdown to control the infection surge.

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