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Malacañang issues appeal on Christmas parties: ‘Safety first’

Nov 29, 2021 @ 17:37

Malacañang on Monday reminded the public to ensure “safety first” during holiday celebrations by continuing to comply with minimum public health standards amid the threat of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“In consideration of your activities, advice ko po ay (my advice is) safety first,” Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a Palace press briefing.

Aside from wearing face masks, washing hands, and keeping distance, Nograles urged the public to participate in the country’s three-day national vaccination days from November 29 to December 1, dubbed “Bayanihan, Bakunahan.”

“Napaka importante po yung pagpapabakuna natin ngayon (It is very important to get vaccinated). Let’s take advance of this three-day national vaccination na magpabakuna na tayo (to get vaccinated) to fully protect ourselves and our families. Pangalawa po, yung mask, hugas, iwas napaka importante (Second, wearing masks, washing hands is important) as we go into the December month,” he added.

Nograles said the national government is prepared for the worst-case scenario should there be another surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Naka-active na ang ating Four-Door Policy para hindi po makapasok yung Omicron sa bansa at anumang variant (We have activated our Four-Door Policy to prevent the Omicron variant from entering the country),” he said.

The Four-Door Policy includes border control, active surveillance including test and trace, early isolation and treatment of all those who tested positive, and Covid-19 vaccination program.

The Omicron variant, which was first detected in Botswana, Southern Africa, has been declared as a variant “of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO, however, said there is no evidence so far concerning the transmissibility or severity of the Omicron variant.

“It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday. (PNA)

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