Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon warned the public on Tuesday, November 9 not to be complacent and to observe health protocols after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) recently placed Metro Manila under Alert Level 2 on November 5.
The Department of Health (DOH has already stated that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) active cases might reach 52,393 next month if the public would continue to ignore the safety measures, and pandemic responses such as detection and isolation would slow down.
“Importante na patuloy pa rin tayo magiingat dahil delikado pa rin ang epekto ng virus. Kahit tayo ay bakunado, may kakayahan pa rin tayo na makapanghawa sa mga unvaccinated kagaya ng mga bata (It’s important that we continue be careful because the virus remains dangerous. Even though we are vaccinated, we can still infect those who are unvaccinated such as kids),” Gordon said in a statement.
“Sa pagbaba sa alert level 2, patuloy pa rin tayo magpatest upang ma kaagad na madetect ang virus, at mag-isolate kung may nararamdamang symptomps (As we go down to alert level 2, everyone should be tested and detected for the virus, and isolated if ever they feel any symptoms),” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC continues its vaccination program through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Centers to combat COVID-19. PRC also started its vaccination to minors aged 12-17 after getting a go-signal from the DOH.
Sen. Dick Gordon also reiterated the importance of regular testing for the detection of COVID-19. As of November 9, PRC conducted 4,854,072 tests through Swab and Saliva RT-PCR.
As the humanitarian organization reaches 5 million tests, PRC aims to provide a safe Christmas for everyone through its RT-PCR tests.