Fearing the possible increase in Covid-19 infections after the elections, Duterte urged voters to adhere to minimum public health standards in polling precincts on election day.
“Ang problema ganito, if the next surge is not the Omicron type or mga variants, whatever, kung ang makuha mo ‘yung Covid-19 original killer, so that would be a serious problem again,” Duterte said during his Talk to the People.
“As everybody knows, unlike others na may antibodies ka na, you’re okay for life, apparently itong Covid-19 does not fit into the picture,” he added.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go seconds the President, “Sa pandemyang ito, nakita natin kung gaano kahalaga ang investment sa kalusugan. Nahirapan tayo noong umpisa ng pandemya dahil hindi natin binigyang pansin nitong nagdaang mga dekada ang pagpapalakas ng ating healthcare system capacity.”
The senator continues, “Bagama’t patuloy na bumababa ang mga bagong kaso ng COVID-19, kailangan pa rin nating maging handa dahil hindi natin alam kung ilang pandemya pa o bagong variants ng Covid-19 ang darating. Huwag po nating hintayin na tuluyan nang bumigay ang healthcare system natin at malagay sa panganib ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan.” The Department of Health and OCTA Research earlier warned of a possible rise in Covid-19 cases in May, noting the increase in cases in South Africa and India