10 more cities identified, included in priority hubs

    The detection of the coronavirus Delta variant in the country has raised alarms that it could be spreading in areas outside NCR Plus—Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
    Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr calls for further intensification of the current measures against COVID-19, as well as the [fast-tracking of the] ongoing vaccination to restrict further transmission.

    MANILA — Together in the effort to arrest the spread of the Delta variant in other areas, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) added 10 Plus, cities which record high daily coronavirus infection—Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Naga, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga.

    These cities, in the same category as the NCR Plus Eight, are now closely monitored by the IATF. The dreaded SARS-CoV-2 Delta and Delta Plus variants are characterized by fast transmissibility and high virulence that the arrest of its spread is at the top of the task force’s priorities.

    The IATF has just sent ventilators to undisclosed number of hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City to boost capacity and aid seriously ill patients says Roque.

    Meanwhile, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Benhur Abalos has called to maintain the priority status of Metro Manila, the center of commerce in the country.

    Roque assures the public the vaccines provided in vaccinations sites, including those in SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City are safe and effective. He advises the public to report unscrupulous individuals who distribute disinformation flyers claiming the vaccines in the SM MOA Arena are fake.  (LO/The MiNT)


    Featured image: Zonal lockdown in General Santos City May of this year. Photo courtesy The Star/Michael de Guzman

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