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Pacquiao shuns imposing curbs vs unvaccinated; calls at no cost, accessible COVID-19 checks


Senator Manny Pacquiao. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao on Thursday referred to as at no cost and accessible fast antigen and RT-PCR checks as he rejected strikes to impose restrictions in opposition to individuals unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

The presidential aspirant of PROMDI additionally questioned the dearth of a uniform and dependable contact tracing cellular utility, declaring that the nation can handle the pandemic higher by means of mass testing and efficient contact tracing.

“Imbes na pagbawalan natin ang mga unvaccinated na lumabas at maghanapbuhay, mas maganda na gawin nating libre at accessible ang antigen check. At kapag constructive ang isang natest, libre din ang isasagawang confirmatory RT-PCR check. Kailangan natin palakasin ang mass testing natin sa halip na i-discriminate ang mga hindi pa bakunado,” Pacquiao mentioned.

In keeping with Pacquiao, such a technique would permit well being authorities to correctly segregate and isolate those that are sick with out the necessity to curtail the fundamental rights of those that are unvaccinated.

Furthermore, he famous, this would supply the federal government with the very best device to deal with the pandemic with out resorting to heightened alert ranges and neighborhood lockdowns.

Pacquiao mentioned antigen testing amenities must be established in each barangay, well being middle, mall, and office.

Whereas he reiterated his help for the federal government’s vaccination marketing campaign, he identified that sure individuals can’t be compelled to be vaccinated notably those that have medical situations and those that are held again by their spiritual beliefs.

Generally, he added, there have been those that wished to get the vaccine however the shot remains to be unavailable of their space.

“Bagamat totoong mas mataas ang peligro ng mga hindi bakunado, hindi ito batayan para tratuhin sila na parang might mga nagawang paglabag sa batas lalo’t tama naman ang obserbasyon na pareho pa rin namang nagkakasakit at nakakahawa ang mga bakunado at hindi bakunado,” Pacquiao mentioned.

He then expressed surprise why after greater than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has but to provide you with a common and built-in contact tracing system.

“Bakit hindi na lang Staysafe ang gamitin? Bakit hindi ayusin ng DICT (Division of Data and Communications Expertise) ‘yung app para magkaroon tayo ng central database? Pwede ngang ayusin pa ito para computerized na makakatanggap ka ng message kapag meron kang shut contacts [na] COVID-positive at bigyan ka ng impormasyon kung ano ang iyong dapat gawin,” Pacquiao mentioned.

The Division of Well being on Thursday reported a record-high 34,021 new COVID-19 circumstances, elevating the Philippines’ complete confirmed infections to three,092,409 for the reason that well being disaster hit the nation in 2020.

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