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PHAPI advises extending the Covid-19 state of catastrophe.

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The national state of disaster due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), which is slated to expire in December, has been extended, according to the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI).

President of PHAPI Dr. Jose de Grano stated in a televised public briefing on Thursday, “Sa tingin po natin dapat ituloy pa iyan kahit siguro until the first quarter of the year (We think that it should continue until the first quarter of [next] year).

De Grano pointed out that although fewer instances have been reported, there are still roughly 17,000 ongoing cases.

Iyan tuluy-tuloy pa rin po lalo na ngayon na tayo ng mga vacation season, at iyan kita na ninyo na halos lahat hindi na nagmamaskara ‘no. Accordingly, there is a possibility that the number of cases in the country would increase, especially given that it is the holiday season. You’ll notice that a lot of people no longer wear face masks. Therefore, there is still a chance that the number of cases will rise),” he stated.

Lifting the state of calamity could potentially have an impact on the implementation of specific pandemic response measures mandated by laws passed in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, such as expedited Covid-19 vaccine procurement, vaccination, and the provision of benefits for medical professionals, he warned.

Regarding the Covid-19 situation in hospitals, de Grano claimed that there was no appreciable rise in the use rate across all regions.

Low risk, or less than 25%, with the exception of the Visayas, where it was noted that Regions 6 and 7 had above 25% risk levels. But generally speaking, at our private hospitals, there aren’t many Covid cases (it’s still low risk, less than 25%), with the exception of Western and Central Visayas where we noticed a rise above 25%. However, generally speaking, the number of Covid patients in our private hospitals did not rise),” he noted.

The total number of Covid-19 infections recorded by the Department of Health as of November 23 was 4,028,187, including 17,049 active cases.

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