COVID-19 indicators that health officials are closely monitoring show that the situation of the epidemic in the Philippines may be easing after months of a steep increase in infections. Still, health systems continue to struggle and several areas still report spikes in infections.
Here’s what we’re watching this week of September 27, 2021:
Pandemic officials are expected to decide this week if a system of smaller localized lockdowns will replace wider lockdowns that cover cities or provinces. A pilot run of the new system in Metro Manila will end on Thursday, September 30.
A few points on what the government’s coronavirus task force will possibly discuss:
A question to ask: Has a week-long pilot implementation given sufficient basis and generated sound data to make a decision on a new quarantine system?
Entering the fourth and last quarter of 2021, targets for vaccination continue to grow, but actual doses have yet to catch up.
Masking up can save lives. This was the conclusion of a randomized controlled trial – considered the “gold standard” of research design – conducted with 340,000 adults in 600 villages in Bangladesh. The study is still being peer-reviewed, but it looked at the impact of voluntary mask wearing on COVID-19 cases.
Don’t miss this: Congress isn’t done probing into the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health’s purchase of pandemic supplies from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation.
While the House of Representatives’s probe is a soundboard defending the Duterte government, the Senate has uncovered seemingly endless discoveries of just how questionable these transaction were.