Amid Covid19 cases continuing to rapidly increase in the country, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe says that the country’s situation is multi-faceted, but not unseen in other nations.
Developed countries such as America and France, are some examples of countries wherein complicated situations have aggravated the infection rates.
A possible factor behind the daily increase in recorded cases according to Dr. Abeyasinghe, could be a sense of overplayed optimism with the vaccine rollout being perceived as a “light at the end of the tunnel.”
“Small relaxation of people mingling more, going out more but that little bit contributes to the possibility of the virus transmitting and increasing in transmission,” the WHO rep said, citing that quarantine measures were eased up in order for this to occur.
Furthermore, while concrete evidence is yet to be presented to definitively establish a direct link, the presence of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the country may also be a driving factor of the surge, Dr. Abeyasinghe noted.
“The new variants are circulating in areas beyond where they have been confirmed,” he said, as several cases of variants of concern (VOC) with higher transmission rates, have been confirmed in various areas of the country.
As the situation unfolds, Dr. Abeyasinghe said that the WHO will continue to monitor the health care utilization rate and enforce more stringent measures should the system’s capacity be exceeded.
The general public, and even individuals that have been inoculated, are advised to remain vigilant and strictly follow public health protocols.
As of Mar. 24, a total of 684,311 cases have been recorded in the country, with 91,754 currently active and 13,039 having resulted in death.