President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday warned that stricter restrictions may need to be reimposed in the Philippines following the threats of the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.
This, after the Department of Health (DOH), reported a total of 35 Delta variant cases in the country, of which, 11 are local cases.
“The reported local cases in the country is a cause for a serious alarm and concern. It’s redundant, but still it’s good as any warning that can be given to the people,” Duterte said in his regular address to the nation on Monday night.
“We may need to reimpose stricter restrictions to avoid mass gatherings and prevent super-spreader events,” he added.
On Monday, the DOH reported three fatalities for the Delta variant that was first detected in India. The latest was a 78-year-old unvaccinated woman with no travel history from Baybay, Antique.
She was initially tagged as recovered, but after validation, it showed that the patient has died last May 30.
The two other fatalities include a 63-year-old male seafarer from the MV Athens who died on May 19 and,a 58-year-old woman from Pandacan, Manila who died on June 28.
“I urge the DILG to impose existing restrictions with greater urgency,” Duterte said.
He also urged Filipinos to get vaccinated, asserting its importance in fighting against viral illness.
“You must get the vaccines or you die,” he said.