November 22, 2021

In the midst of Europe’s surge, metrics for border control are being used: DOH

According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Philippines is using metrics based on World Health Organization (WHO) standards to help with border control.

The assurance came in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak in Europe, which has returned to the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic epicentre.

Vergeire stated that the system Manila is using is also derived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors the incidence rate of Covid-19 in countries.

“Tinitingnan natin iyong two-week growth rate, tinitingnan natin iyong testing capacity. So, using the analysis that we have used, we can determine which countries should be restricted, which is why we have green, yellow, and red countries (We look at a country’s two-week growth rates as well as its testing capacity). So this is the type of analysis we’ve used; by doing so, we can see which countries we should restrict, which is why we have green, yellow, and red countries) “She stated.

“So now, we’re using it, and we’re confident that it’s helping the country in its border control,” she added.

The Faroe Islands and the Netherlands are currently on the Philippines’ red list.

According to the most recent WHO data, released on November 16, the increasing trend in new global weekly cases continued from November 8 to 14, with over 3.3 million new cases reported – a 6% increase over the previous week.

According to the WHO, the United States had the newest cases that week, with 550,684 new cases, followed by the Russian Federation with 275,579, Germany with 254,436, the United Kingdom with 252,905, and Turkey with 180,167.

“The European Region (230 new cases per 100,000 population) and the Region of the Americas (74.2 new cases per 100,000 population) reported the highest weekly case incidence per 100,000 population,” according to the WHO.

“[T]hese same two regions reported the highest weekly incidences of deaths, of 3.0 and 1.3 per 100,000 population, respectively,” the report continued.

Last November 4, WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Henri Kluge warned that Europe and Central Asia could see another 500,000 Covid-19 fatalities by the first of February next year, with 43 countries in the region experiencing “high to extreme stress” on hospital beds at some point during the same period.

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