The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) has decided not to let children aged 5 years old and above to leave their homes due to the threat of the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“The latest is we will not children out yet. Because of the Delta variant, the IATF decided not to implement the resolution for that,” said IATF Chairman and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in Filipino in a radio interview.
He was referring to IATF Resolution No. 125 allowing children 5 years old and above to go outside their homes in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ).
Duque said the IATF will decide after one or two weeks on whether the resolution can be implemented.
“If we see that the number of Covid-19 cases in NCR is no longer increasing, we can consider bringing back Resolution 125 that allows children 5 years old above to go outdoors,” he said in Filipino.
The decision of the IATF came after the OCTA Research Group on the national government and local government units (LGUs) to impose stricter quarantine status after it noted an uptick of Covid-19 infections in NCR.
Its latest monitoring report showed that the reproduction number in the NCR increased to 1.15 for the period of July 15 to 21. The figure is a 0.24 increase from 0.91 reproduction number the previous week.
For the same period, the average number of daily Covid-19 cases in the NCR increased by 27 percent to 813 cases from 638 cases the previous week.
The OCTA recommended proactive measures to mitigate the emerging increase — stricter quarantine status, expanded testing, contact tracing, and regional and localized lockdowns.