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Duterte on new COVID variants: Prepare for a more serious attack

/ 09:26 AM May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Saying it’s “good to prepare for a more serious attack,” President Rodrigo Duterte said the government should continue improving its COVID-19 systems amid the rise of new variants.

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During a taped briefing aired Tuesday, Duterte said that the country must “prepare for the worst” should there be a “more serious” COVID-19 variant to hit the country.

“I would be happy if you continue to build the infrastructure of our COVID-19 fight system because for as long as COVID-19 is here, it would take a lot of time before it would finally disappear—if at all—and with the advent of the new variants, it is good to prepare for a more serious attack,” Duterte said.

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Duterte said the Philippine government is continuing and recalibrating its preparedness in accordance to the propagation of the new variants.

“Kung medyo palapit na palapit na at marami nang tinatamaan [If it really comes closer and a lot of people are already infected], then we will go full blast and making everything operational,” Duterte said.

On May 16, the country detected 10 new cases of the B.1.617.2 variant of COVID-19, which originated in India. Also detected were 13 new United Kingdom, or B.1.1.7 variant cases; seven South Africa, or B.1.351 variant cases; and one Philippines or P.3 variant case.

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