In preparation for the “worst-case scenario” against the spread of the Delta variant in the Philippines, Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar alerted all police commanders and the PNP Maritime Group to guard the country’s backdoor against incoming Indonesians and Malaysia to make sure we don’t get through there.
According to the PNP chief, the Delta variant is now a serious problem in neighboring Indonesia, so intelligence monitoring and patrol on the country’s southern border should be tightened.
Last week, the Philippines included Indonesia among countries with travel restrictions due to the threat of the new variant.
Eleazar also instructed Administrative Support To COVID-19 Operations Task Force (ASCOTF) Commander PNP Deputy Chief for Administration PLt Gen Joselito Vera Cruz to prepare all their medical equipment and supplies and medical and quarantine facilities.
Eleazar ensures the safety of all police deployed on the frontline by knowing and providing for their needs.
PH prepares for ‘worst-case scenario’ due to Delta variant
The PNP also intensified coordination with LGUs to protect the people.
The Chief PNP once again appealed to the public to take the minimum public health standards seriously so that the problem that Indonesia is facing today due to the Delta variant does not happen in the Philippines.
The Department of Health (DOH) is preparing for the possibility of another ‘surge’ in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, which requires more oxygen supply.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that since the surge in India, they have been alert and preparing for the possibility of the Delta variant reaching the Philippines.
“Currently, our existing oxygen supply is sufficient, but we need to add additional so that we can be more prepared,” said Vergeire.
There are already 35 Delta variant cases in the country, including 11 local cases, two of which are in Metro Manila.
The DOH is now investigating whether it has local transmission in the country.