TAKING cue from the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is seriously considering on recalling its decision to ease travel restrictions in the country.
In a radio interview, testing czar Vince Dizon, in his capacity as deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, said that the IATF will be reviewing its decision on loosening up protocols to allow the economy to jumpstart.
“Ire-review po this week ‘yan, sa mga susunod na araw ire-review po iyan ng IATF ang kanilang rekomendasyon dahil nga mahigit dumoble ang mga kaso since lumabas yung mga desisyon na ‘yan.”
“Kelangan po talagang i-review at repasuhin ang mga desisyon na iyon nitong mga susunod na araw,” Dizon was quoted as saying during the interview.
Moreover, Dizon hinted at the possibility of requiring barangays to re-impose the use of quarantine passes for those who will leave their homes to perform essential purposes.
Asked whether the government would consider reverting the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine, Dizon said that they have yet to consider it.
“Sa mga susunod na araw ay magkakaroon tayo ng klarong desisyon,” he said.
Protocols regarding entry of local tourists will also be part of the review, Dizon added.
The number of COVID-19 cases has been going up at a faster rate lately, and for the past three days, more than 3,000 new cases have been reported.
The Philippine is rapidly piling up figures representing new infections. In its latest tally, the Department of Health said that the figures are close to breaching the 600,000 mark.
Under this predicament, Dizon said the government is fast-tracking the rollout of available vaccines.