Covid-19 cases uptick 'bound to happen' as economy reopens

Published June 22, 2022, 3:32 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang considers normal the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country because people are now allowed to go outside as efforts to revive the economy continue.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (Malacañang photo)

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar cited this after the Department of Health (DOH) said that the number of coronavirus cases in the country has started to peak anew.

In an interview with reporters, Andanar, however, said that while the uptick is normal, everyone has to be careful not to let a surge of cases happen.

“It’s not a cause for another surge. Pero kailangan tayong mag-ingat talaga kasi it’s not only in the Philippines. Meron din sa ibang bansa (But we have to be careful because it’s not only in the Philippines. It’s happening in other countries as well),” he said.

“It’s bound to happen, kasi nagbukas na nga iyong ekonomiya, eh. Mahirap naman na puro tayo lockdown (because we’re opening the economy. We can’t just continue doing lockdowns),” he added.

The press secretary, instead, reminded the public to continue following health protocols to protect themselves from the disease.

“Wear your masks, [practice] social distancing, [and] wash your hands,” he said.

“Now, it’s inevitable to be in crowded areas because the economy is open. You just really have to be careful, drink your vitamins, eat healthily, don’t stay up late, and sleep long,” he added.