Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

24 new COVID-19 cases in province

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Active COVID-19 cases have risen to 113, after 24 new cases were reported yesterday by the Provincial Incident Management Team in Negros Occidental.

However, PIMT also reported 17 recoveries yesterday.

From March 27, 2020 to May 12 this year, PIMT has recorded 45,009 cases in Negros Occidental, of which 42,821 recovered, with 2,074 deaths.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. yesterday said that Philippines has already been on “normal footing,” even before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the emergency phase of the pandemic.

In a media interview on board his flight back to the Philippines from Indonesia, Marcos said there is no need to restore the emergency status in the country concerning the global health emergency downgrade.

“So we don’t need to do anything. We are already on normal footing. Nauna pa tayo sa kanila (We were ahead of them). And in terms of the… requirement that we used to have for a valid vaccine certificate, wala, matagal nang tinanggal ‘yun (we removed that long ago),” he said.

“So now we have the e-Pass that’s much easier to use. That was… to make the ease of travel better. But we did that a few months back.”

House of Representatives Speaker Martin Romualdez said the WHO declaration should pave the way for the Philippines to sustain economic growth, or even take the economy to a higher growth path.

The lifting would translate to increased mobility, more economic activities, and therefore additional job and income opportunities for workers and their families, Romualdez added.

He noted that the lifting of travel restrictions would also mean more tourists visiting the Philippines.

“Let the concerned government agencies and sectors of the economy prepare for this possibility, which will benefit tourist destinations and local communities,” he said.

Romualdez, however, maintained that the public should not be complacent and always observe the minimum health requirements – wearing face masks when necessary, regularly washing hands, isolating when sick, getting vaccinated, and keeping physical distancing – to avoid being infected with COVID-19.* with PNA report

ARCHIVES

Read Article by date

June 2024
MTWTFSS
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Get your copy of the Visayan Daily Star everyday!

Avail of the FREE 30-day trial.