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DOH discourages shortened quarantine

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The Department of Health last week rejected proposals to shorten quarantine periods for inbound travelers from yellow list countries.


According to health undersecretary Rosario Vergeire, cases continue to decline making the Philippines among the “safest places right now.” This will likely not remain for long if the government does not “guard [its] borders.”


Much of the motivation behind this decision stems from the lack of data about the newest Covid19 variant, Omicron. Previously, the World Health Organization announced that it “poses a very high risk, globally”.


“We cannot really say right now definitely in one to two weeks we can say we can lift these kinds of restrictions because up until now we still do not have the complete information on what this Omicron is,” explained Vergeire. “We have to know how transmissible it is, we have to know if it is affecting our vaccine so that we can re-strategize once we have the information.”


Earlier, the health department was urged to cut back on facility-based quarantine requirements for returning Filipinos, as the holidays draw closer.


Presidential advisor for entrepreneurship Joey Concecpcion earlier remarked that since indicators show that the country won’t experience a surge, it is probably the safest place for Filipinos to be during Christmas.


“Our kababayans should spend Christmas at home, not in a foreign land and definitely not at a quarantine facility,” he said last Monday.

Photo: Inquirer.net


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