Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

By the Staff

MANILA – Recoveries from the killer coronavirus disease inched closer to one thousand mark even as new COVID-19 cases threatened to break 8,000 the Department of Health reported Tuesday, 28 April 2020.

According to a 4 p.m. report by the DOH, there were 43 more individuals who eased up into the pink of health after several days battling it out of the killer virus. Their number now totals 975.

Patients accounted for confinement in different DOH-accredited hospitals Tuesday were placed at 181, pushing the nationwide tally further to 7,958.

Death toll on COVID-19 in the country ballooned to 530 after the DOH recorded 19 new fatalities.

As it is, programs and new policies are now being crafted by lawmakers as the Philippines enters into the “new normal” brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

House leaders on Tuesday said they will introduce and propose a law that would institutionalize practices enforceable during lockdowns even after they are officially lifted.

A second extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine ends on May 15, 2020.

According to reports, high-ranking members of the House of Representatives already filed House Bill No. 6623 or the “New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020.”

Under the proposed “new normal” bill, Filipinos would be required to wear face masks and practice physical distancing – stay at least one meter apart when they are in public.

Also, to be institutionalized courtesy of the new normal bill are temperature checks, handwashing, and sanitizing stations.

These would become mandatory in all public spaces under HB 6623 along with mass testing for the coronavirus, including the establishment of drive-through, phone-in, and other non-contact modes of COVID-19 testing.

Procurement of test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE), set up of more laboratories and quarantine facilities would also continue the house bill says.

Scheduling of transport for pedestrians traveling to and from their workplaces, and provide transportation for them would also be taken into consideration along with physical distancing and mandatory sanitizing on public transport.

Restrictions on public gatherings and public transportation are also in the proposed measure.

Once HB 6623 becomes a law, provisions of which would be valid for at most 3 years or shorter depending on President Rodrigo Duterte’s final declaration or as may be recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases the source said. (ia/

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