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MANILA – The election season is in full swing, with miting de avance and numerous motorcades scheduled until Saturday, the last day of campaigning.

Because the Covid-19 issue is still a pandemic despite the country’s low-risk rating, Dr. Ted Herbosa, medical consultant to the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, advised that participating in election-related activities via virtual means is preferable.

“If you’re a senior citizen with comorbidities, my advise is to join via television or radio during the miting de avance since you might end up putting yourself in danger.” To avoid hospitalization and subsequent infection, we must be risk-free. “It’s critical,” Herbosa said at the “Laging Handa” public briefing on Friday, partly in Filipino.

Those with symptoms should also stay at home, he added.

Despite the different huge gatherings of candidates, Herbosa said the current test positivity percentage is still at 1.3 percent, which is a very low-risk classification.

The country’s average daily Covid-19 rate is below 200, while some areas under the Alert Level 2 system have a surge of active cases.

“No outbreaks have been reported so far.” The likelihood is extremely low. “I believe our large immunization effort, which began in 2021, has been successful,” Herbosa added.

He emphasized that the strongest weapon against the virus is vaccination.

“If you don’t want to be hospitalized and infected again, you should get vaccinated,” Herbosa advised.

More than 63.3 million Filipinos have received the primary series of Covid-19 vaccinations, accounting for 76 percent of the country’s population protection objective.

“This could be the reason why we haven’t seen another spike in cases in the country, and if we do, it’ll only be in places where vaccine coverage is below 50%,” Herbosa added.

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