THE National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) says no to President Rodrigo Duterte’s face shield police as it rejected the idea of scrapping the mandatory use of face shields on top of face masks outside.
It’s too early to relax, says the NTF.
According to NTF spokesperson Restituto Padilla, dropping the face shield policy may spoil efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus from Wuhan, China.
Padilla’s statement was issued days after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque hinted at a policy requiring face shields only inside hospital premises.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has since asked President Rodrigo Duterte to seriously reconsider even as the IATF underscored the need to sustain the requirement of face shields in enclosed spaces.
The NTF mouthpiece argued that the country has yet to reach its target for population protection.
Earlier, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said 5,953,810 jabs were administered for the first dose, while 2,096,901 were administered for the second dose.
“Masyado pang maaga, tulad ng sinabi ng eksperto natin huwag ihambing ang Pilipinas sa Estados Unidos dahil ang Estados Unidos nangangalahati na sa pagbabakuna ng kanilang populasyon,” Padilla was quoted as saying during a radio interview.
If we adjust the policy, there will be a surge, which we are avoiding, he added.