Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

By the Staff

MANILA – The Department of Health has on Tuesday (02 June 2020) reported close to four hundred coronavirus cases and the number of individuals inflicted with the killer disease also closed in at piercing the 19K mark.

There was a total of 359 confirmed case reported by the health agency, pushing the country’s tally to 18,997, on a day Tuesday, recoveries breached the 4K mark at 4,063 after 84 more patients beat the virus.

COVID-KAYA platform

Under DOH’s COVID-KAYA of fast online gathering and reporting of cases nationwide platform, there were 176 “fresh” cases and 183 “late” cases out of the day’s 359 total DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

Vergeire explained that “fresh” cases are coronavirus test results released to patients within the last 3 days under COVID-KAYA.

On the other hand, “late” cases are counted from test results done earlier but were not immediately validated by the DOH.

COVID-19 community restrictions transitioned in the National Capital Region and other parts of the country to general community quarantine as such the government urged private companies to set in place necessary precautions in workplaces to prevent transmissions of the novel coronavirus among employees.

Vergeire recommended “symptomatic screening” of employees – identify workers who show the flu-like symptoms of COVID-19, and immediately refer them to a hospital for treatment and isolation.

Observance of social distancing, sanitation and hand washing stations should be readily available, and regular disinfection of the premises should be done.

Cases worldwide

Cases worldwide of the new pathogen has already reached 6,057,853 including 371,166 deaths.

The United States remains the hardest hit country in the world with 1,847,729 cases and 106,550 fatalities.

Far second on cases to the US is Brazil with 529,405 cases followed by Russia with 423,741; United Kingdom, 276,332; Spain, 239,638; Italy,

233,197; India, 198,706; Germany, 183,765; Peru, 170,039; Turkey, 164,769; Iran, 154,445; France, 152,091; Chile, which recently break the hundred thousand plateau at 105,159.

Religious mass gatherings still not allowed

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has decided to keep its restrictions on religious activities amid the coronavirus disease.

Despite the eased quarantine restrictions nationwide, the IATF-EID agreed Monday that it still needs to limit the number of participants in religious gatherings due to the risk of acquiring the new coronavirus, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference aired on state-run PTV-4.

“Naka-agenda po siya (religious gatherings) kahapon. At nagkaroon po ng desisyon na hindi muna po papayagan ang mass gatherings for religious purposes (It’s included in the agenda yesterday. And there was a decision to still not allow mass gatherings for religious purposes),” Roque said.

This developed even after the IATF-EID held a dialogue with the religious sector to discuss the conduct of religious gatherings amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The maximum number of participants in religious activities in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) must be five and 10, respectively, according to the guidelines issued by the IATF-EID in May.

However, no areas in the country are currently placed under MECQ.

GCQ, on the other hand, is effective from June 1 to 15 in Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Metro Manila, Central Visayas, Zamboanga City, Davao City, and Mandaue City.

The rest of the country was put under modified GCQ (MGCQ) until June 15.

Roque said the IATF-EID has yet to tackle how many participants can join religious activities that will be held in places under MGCQ.

“’Yung numero po sa sampu ay para sa GCQ at nakasulat po doon sa resolution. Sa MGCQ eh pagkakasunduan pa kung ano yung maximum number (The maximum of 10 participants is only applicable to areas under GCQ, based on the resolution. The maximum number of participants in areas under MGCQ is yet to be determined),” he said.

Roque said the possible revisions to the current guidelines will depend on the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases and preparedness for critical care in areas in the country.

Foreign visitors still banned

Apart from the restrictions on religious activities, Roque said foreign visitors are still barred from visiting the country due to the threat posed by Covid-19.

“Magkakaroon pa tayo ng mas maraming problema kung pati mga dayuhan ay papapuntahin natin (We will face more problems if we allow foreigners to visit here),” he said.

 (ia/ reports from PNA)

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