Two days after it rejected calls to impose stricter restrictions on travelers from COVID-hit China, the Department of Health now wants ‘heightened surveillance’ on passengers from the East Asian country.
The Department of Health sees no need yet to restrict arrivals from China amid increasing COVID-19 cases there following the loosening of its draconian zero-Covid rules.
The measures that placed the country in a state of calamity due to COVID-19 expired on December 31, and it seems that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is unlikely to extend the same despite calls from health experts to do so.
An infectious diseases expert said the country could be nearing the COVID-19 endemic stage.
The end of COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines appears to be a long way off compared to the rest of the world due to the high rates in the country, according to an infectious diseases expert.
The extension comes amid the presence of more infectious Omicron variants and the low turnout in booster immunization in the country.
More than two years into the pandemic, the Philippine government has now lifted its mandated use of face mask in select outdoor settings.
The Local Government Unit of Noveleta in partnership with the Rural Health Unit launched a door-to-door vaccination drive shot for senior citizens and bedridden individuals last July 19.