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Doctors tell government: Don’t rush in lowering COVID-19 alert level

/ 05:35 PM February 11, 2022
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ALL IN A DAY’S WORK Medical personnel, bundled up in protective gear, go through their routine inside an isolation tent at Manila Doctors Hospital in Manila. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, Philippines — Lowering the alert level status in the country should be done gradually, a group of doctors said Friday as it warned that COVID-19 cases may rise again if people become complacent.

Dr. Maricar Limpin, president of the Philippine College of Physicians, said hospitals have been seeing a decreased number of COVID-19 patients but noted that the number of active cases is possibly “underestimated” because some people don’t get themselves tested.

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“Medyo naman talaga bumababa na kasi nararamdaman din naman namin ‘yan sa hospital na mas kaunti na po ang mga kaso na nakikita namin although medyo marami pa rin. I guess ang pinag-aaralan namin dito, mas maganda siguro maghinay-hinay muna ang ating pamahalaan sa pagbaba ng alert level,” she said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Teleradyo.

(The number of cases has been decreasing and we have been feeling that in hospitals. But the numbers are still high. I guess what we want to say is the government should slow down in downgrading the alert level.)

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She said the government should not rush to place parts of the country under alert level 1.

“Hindi naman tayo kailangan magmadali. Anyway lahat naman ay nakakalabas na, so I think walang dahilan para masyadong magmadali. The more na mas kailangan maghinay-hinay tayo para hindi tayo bumalik sa pagtaas muli ng COVID-19 cases,” she added.

(We do not need to rush. Anyway all people are now allowed to go out, so I think there is no reason for us to rush. We need to slow down more so that we will not witness another increase in COVID-19 cases.)

On Monday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the country may soon ease restrictions and move to the lowest alert level if COVID-19 cases continue to decline.

“Will these reach the threshold for alert level 1? Let’s wait a little longer,” said Duque.

“If COVID-19 cases continue to decline and reach the threshold appropriate for alert level 1 then we will do that. Nothing will prevent us from de-escalating to alert level 1 but the sooner the better,” he pointed out.

The country currently has 91,147 active COVID-19cases, including 3,788 new coronavirus infections reported on Friday.

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