President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he will not hesitate to impose another “strict lockdown” if the public will violate health protocols in view of reports on the presence of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variants in the country.
He added the people who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 should not be complacent.
“It does not follow that because you have the Covid-19 vaccine, it does not follow that you cannot be sick again because you can get reinfected,” Duterte said.
He warned that if citizens become lax or violate health protocols to contain Covid-19, the government will be forced anew to impose stricter measures.
“I will be forced again to impose lockdowns and everything and the government will become stricter,” he added.
The President issued the warning after OCTA Research said that average daily number of new Covid-19 cases National Capital Region (NCR) has decreased by 27 percent. In its report released on Monday, OCTA Research said the new cases in the region dropped to 1,479 per day from May 10 to 16.
Over the same period, NCR’s reproduction number is 0.57 while its positivity rate decreased to 11 percent.
Meanwhile, the average daily attack rate (ADAR) in NCR is 10.71 per 100,000 population.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), an ADAR above 10 is high risk while an ADAR below 10 is moderate risk.
Duterte downgraded the quarantine classification in the National Capital Region Plus (NCR Plus) and other areas to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from May 15 to 31.
Duterte decided to ease quarantine protocols in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, also known as “NCR Plus,” upon the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). SOVEREIGNPH