Govt ramps up response vs spread of Covid variants

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The National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 is ramping up its pandemic response strategies to further prevent the spread of coronavirus variants of concerns in the country.

Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, the NTF chairperson, reported that the government has established a controlled community transmission and system capacity to prevent the emerging Covid-19 strains.

 This crisis action plan will be our basis to prepare and prevent the increase of Covid-19 Delta variant cases,” Lorenzana said during the pre-recorded Talk to the People of President Rodrigo Duterte aired Monday night.

Under the crisis action plan, Lorenzana said the government will implement contingency operations to prepare for the possible spike of Covid-19 cases due to the emerging variants of concerns, such as the Delta variant.

Each implementing cluster of the task force is ordered to continue implementing their assigned responsibilities, he noted.

The government has restructured the aligned policy operations of the task force focusing on the response strategies to contain new Covid-19 variants.

Lorenzana said they have intensified the operations of the response cluster focusing the government’s strategies on three aspects including communities, international borders, and health facilities.

The government has established a four-door strategy for Covid-19 control.

The Door 1 strategy or the “point of origin” imposes limited movements through travel bans and restrictions will be implemented.

The Door 2 strategy or the “point of entry” wherein the screening, quarantine, and testing of inbound and outbound travelers will be intensified.

The Door 3 strategy or the “point of care” wherein the government will further ramp up the existing Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Test-Reintegration strategy accompanied with the aggressive nationwide vaccination program.

Lorenzana said the government will also push further the community-based active case finding and immediate isolation of those with exposure or symptoms to contain local transmission of Covid-19 infections.

He emphasized the proactive implementation of stricter measures can be a solution to prevent the possible devastating Covid-19 situation due to the Delta variant.

Lorenzana urged the public to intensify their own protection by strictly adhering to the imposed health and safety protocols.

 Whatever variants will enter in the country, the public should observe minimum public standards as the government will boost its vaccination program,” he said in Filipino.

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