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If instances rise again, there will be no long-term lockdown in PH.

MANILA, Philippines — Dr. Ted Herbosa, medical adviser to the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, said on Friday that the government will not enforce prolonged lockdowns and that the alert level system will stay in place.

Should the number of Covid-19 instances in the country rise, the authorities will continue to implement localized lockdowns.

“Gusto ko sanang i-explain na iyong ginagawa sa China ay hindi natin gagawin ano,” he said. Ang sistema natin ngayon ay alert level at localized lockdown In a televised public briefing, Herbosa said, “Our system is now anchored with alert level and localized lockdown).”

Shanghai is reporting up to 15,000 new cases per day and, like Beijing, is undergoing city-wide lockdowns.

The Asian Olympic Council also voted on Friday to postpone the 19th Asian Games, which were slated to take place in Hangzhou City from September 10 to 25, until next year.

Even if an area is placed on the highest level of alert, Herbosa said the government will not impose long-term, region-wide lockdowns.

“Ang ila-lockdown lang natin ay iyong mga lugar na mataas ang instances ng new cases,” he said.

Localized lockdowns will be implemented in conjunction with an increased mass testing strategy in order to isolate sick individuals as quickly as possible.

According to him, the government now has additional options for determining a positive patient.

“At the end of the day, hindi dapat mangamba iyong ating mga kababayan.” Itong sakit na ito natin naiintindihan natin. There’s no need to be concerned because may bakuna pa kaya kita natin [na] epektibo talaga iyong bakuna. We now have a better understanding of the condition. We have vaccines, and we’ve seen how successful they are),” he added.

Apart from immunization, Herbosa emphasized that following public health minimal criteria will continue to defend against the disease’s hazards.

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