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Palace says pandemic may end this year

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After gripping the world for nearly two years, the worst of the Covid19 pandemic may be over within the year according to Malacañang officials.


Citing a sharp decline in daily infections throughout the nation, Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles recently spoke of how “collective efforts” had led to the improving Covid19 situation.


“All of the progress we have made to bring down the number of new cases is a product of our collective efforts. And we thank our countrymen for their cooperation. We urge everyone to remain conscious of our health protocols as we work to build on the progress that we continue to make” he stated.


Adding to his sentiment of collective involvement, Nograles also mentioned that if the country is able to achieve its longstanding target of 70% of the total population fully vaccinated, then an end to the pandemic’s harshest phase could be in sight, as the World Health Organization (WHO) believes.


“Achieving this, according to the WHO, is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. That means, it’s in our hands” Nograles declared.


Earlier in the year, Covid19 cases reached all-time highs as a surge most likely caused by the Omicron variant, swept the nation with daily numbers reaching well over 20,000.


However, in recent weeks the Philippines has been able to slowly return to a low-risk Covid19 classification with daily infections remaining typically under the 3,000-mark.


Meanwhile, National Task Force Against Covid (NTF) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. expressed hopefulness that the country will enter the “new normal” before the current administration’s end in June.


A complete plan with concrete details of what exactly the “new normal” entails is still under development by authorities.


As of February 24, the total number of active Covid19 infections in the country stands at 55,079, with 1,745 new cases recorded that day, and 2,045 new recoveries.

Photo: PNA


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