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The state of disaster brought on by Covid lasted for “perhaps” three months.

Malacanang stated Monday that the Covid-19 state of calamity designation in the Philippines had been extended for “potentially” three months due to a supposedly greater wall of immunity in the nation.

The country is “6% away from the wall of immunity,” according to official data, press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles stated.

In a press conference at the palace, she stated, “The state of calamity is extended for perhaps three months, but solely for the sake of retaining the benefits under it such as, but not limited to, indemnity, emergency procurement, and special risk allowance for healthcare staff.”

“We are pleased to report that we are only 6% away from the wall of immunity. Therefore, the use of face masks is voluntary since we are confident enough to do so, she continued.

On Monday, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. issued Executive Order No. 3, which permits the voluntary use of face masks outside, particularly in wide spaces and unpopulated, well-ventilated outdoor places.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the Covid-19 outbreak a worldwide pandemic.

Rodrigo Duterte, a former president, issued Proclamation 929 on March 16, 2020, declaring a state of calamity over the nation for six months due to COVID-19.

Later, he issued Proclamation No. 1021 to extend the duration of the state of calamity from September 13, 2020, to September 12, 2021, for a period of one year.

Due to an increase of daily Covid-19 infections, Duterte declared calamity for a third time with Proclamation No. 1218.

Until September 12, 2022, Proclamation No. 1218 will be in effect “unless earlier lifted or prolonged as circumstances may allow.”

More than 72.7 million Filipinos had finished the initial Covid-19 vaccine series as of September 11.

The booster doses have been administered to more than 18.5 million Filipinos.

From September 26 to September 29, the national government will hold a four-day national Covid-19 booster week to increase the country’s booster uptake.

Before October 8, 2022, the 100th day of the Marcos administration, it seeks to increase booster dose coverage to 50% of the overall target population, or 23.8 million Filipinos.

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