Marcos tells the public: ‘We have to wear face masks’

PRESIDENT-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged the public to continue wearing face masks and comply with other minimum public health protocols to avoid a new wave of Covid-19 cases that could hamper the economic recovery of the country.

The new president made the call amid reports of a possible spike in Covid-19 cases by August due to declining immunity from the primary vaccine series.

“We have already made economic progress and we must not allow it to be undone. That is why I urge everyone to help prevent another surge that could block our path to recovery. economic,” Marcos said in a statement.

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“We must wear face masks and adhere to other health standards to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe,” he added.

Marcos also called on the public to take advantage of booster shots offered by the government, noting that waning immunity stems from the effect of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron on the primary vaccine series.

He said a study of more than a million people in Qatar showed that people infected with an earlier version of the coronavirus and given three doses of an mRNA vaccine appear to be the best protected against symptomatic infection. by the Omicron variant.

“With the Covid pandemic still ongoing, different variants may still emerge. And as we have seen, some variants are not as resistant to the first and second doses as others. So there is a need to boost our immunity by getting callbacks. Protection Day Guarantee (We need extra protection),” Marcos said.

His statement also came after Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued an executive order making the use of face masks optional in well-ventilated and open spaces, a unilateral move that Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said was unacceptable because the face of the national government has not changed. mask protocol.

Despite Año’s warning that she could be charged for insisting on implementing her directive, the governor remained adamant and said she was not recalling her decree.

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