A Catholic priest in the Philippine capital said “lockdowns” and the strict implementation of community quarantines are still effective measures in containing the spread of the coronavirus disease.
“It is still effective,” said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the public affairs office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
“Even more developed countries are doing it to contain the spread of the virus,” he said. “It is better than allowing people to roam around while the virus is wreaking havoc.”
The priest, however, expressed hope that aside from a “lockdown,” the government would also provide the necessary medicines for those infected by COVID-19.
“Other means are necessary, like providing medicines that can effectively cure the effects of the virus,” he said in an interview over Radio Veritas 846.
On Tuesday, January 11, the Health department listed 28,007 new cases of COVID-19 with 4,471 new recoveries and 219 new deaths.
Independent monitoring group OCTA Research noted that the COVID-19 average daily attack rate (ADAR) in the national capital has increased to 89.42 percent, placing the region on “severe outbreak.”
OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said that capital’s ADAR from December 28, 2021, to January 3, 2022, was only at 12.71%. It has already multiplied to over seven times from January 4 to 10 with 89.42%.
“The average daily attack rate increased to 89.42, which is above the… threshold for a severe outbreak,” said David in a social media post.
ADAR pertains to the incidence showing the average number of new cases in a period per 100,000 people.
David also noted that the seven-day positivity rate in the capital also increased to 48%.
“The reproduction number decreased to 5.22 from 5.65, which indicates the trend slowed down slightly,” he said.
Reproduction rate refers to the number of people infected by one case. A reproduction number that is below 1 indicates that the transmission of the virus is slowing down.