PH Gov’t eyes possible return of face shield policy amid Omicron variant threat

According to Carlito Galvez, Jr., Chief Implementer of the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the government may demand the usage of face shields again owing to the threat of the Omicron (B1.1.529) COVID-19 version.

In a news conference, Galvez stated that they would investigate the potential of reintroducing the face shield policy, which President Rodrigo Duterte recently abolished in most places. Face shields are now necessary only in regions under Alert Level 5 and granular lockdowns.

“Kasi some people from WHO (World Health Organization) also believed na kaya nagkaroon tayo ng magandang result dito sa Delta as compared to others is because of also the added protection of face shield,” said Galvez, in a report by INQUIRER.net.

[Some WHO officials feel that the enhanced protection of face shields is also why we were able to achieve better outcomes during the Delta surge than others.]

Galvez also stated that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III supports the reintroduction of coronavirus safeguards.

Furthermore, the Philippine government has ordered the suspension of flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique until December 15 due to the new variety’s threat.

Source: INQUIRER.net

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