New Strain Coronavirus in PH: President Rodrigo Duterte floated the idea of reimposing a stricter nationwide lockdown in a bid to prevent the entry of a new strain of coronavirus disease from the United Kingdom. Duterte raised the issue during a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and infectious disease experts. Read: WHO Shares Details on SARS-CoV-2 Variant
“Actually, ‘yung (the reimposition of another national) lockdown is a possibility. I said we’re making some projection. But if the severity in numbers would demand that we take corrective measures immediately, then we just have to go back to lockdown,” states President Rodrigo Duterte, in an article published by Philippine News Agency. Read more: PRRD floats possible imposition of another lockdown in PH, an article by the Philippine News Agency.
Duterte added that the decision would depend on the ‘severity on the number’ of cases of the new variant of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that caused COVID-2019.
“It depends on the severity of the number. Kasi kapag marami na (If the cases rise) and we do not have the antidote on how to kill those variants, we’ll have a problem there and of course, we’ll also be hard-pressed on looking for the money for the expenses in the meantime. Magastos iyan (That will be costly),” Duterte says.
Moreover, Duterte stressed the importance of border control.
“What is very important is really to control the entry of people, whether or not they have in their bodies already the virus. That’s another thing. But kailangan nating i-control yung borders natin (it is important that we control our borders),” he added.
It may be recalled that a new strain was detected in United Kingdom. An article by Reuters explains the new strain as: “VUI – 202012/01” includes a mutation in the viral genome region encoding the spike protein, which – in theory – could result in COVID-19 spreading more easily between people.” Read more: New coronavirus strain spreading in UK has key mutations, scientists say, an article by Reuters.