The country notched its highest single-day increase in coronavirus disease cases yesterday, March 19, 2021, with 7,103 new infections recorded.
The figure eclipsed the 6,958 cases tallied on Aug. 10, 2020, according to the Department of Health.
Following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, warned Filipinos not to be complacent and to double down on prevention measures to mitigate the spread of infections.
Despite the arrival of vaccines, he emphasized the need to still strictly follow health protocols, such as wearing masks and face shields, observing social distancing, and avoiding unessential travels.
Go reiterated the findings of medical experts that the proper wearing of standard masks reduces the risk of contracting and spreading the virus by 85%. Meanwhile, proper wearing of masks, coupled with face shields and social distancing, further reduces the risk to more than 90%.
The senator advised everyone in the vernacular: “Huwag nating isawalang bahala ang mga itinakdang health and safety protocol, tulad ng pagsuot ng mask at face shield, pag-obserba ng social distancing, madalas na paghugas ng kamay, pananatili sa loob ng bahay kung hindi naman kinakailangang lumabas, at ang patuloy na pag-iingat para maproteksyunan ang ating kalusugan.”
“Make this already a way of life. Let us also put our trust in the vaccines until the country achieves herd immunity,” he added.
He added that the government must continue building the people’s confidence in the vaccines and allay their fears while remaining vigilant against an unseen enemy.
Go further highlighted the need to keep the health care system afloat as the country bats for herd immunity. The Senator reiterated that vigilance, cooperation and compassion for others are needed to protect the health of Filipinos while balancing the well-being of our economy.
Go and his team continue to go around the country to assist victims of fire incidents, previous calamities and working sectors whose livelihoods continue to be adversely affected by the pandemic.
During those visits, Go would encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated to propel the country further towards herd immunity.
So far, the country has received vaccines from Sinovac which was a donation from China, and Astra Zeneca through the COVAX facility spearheaded by the World Health Organization.
“As President Duterte and I have constantly said, the poor and the vulnerable must be inoculated as soon as we finish immunizing our front-liners for them to be able to return to normalcy and help our economy recover,” Go said.