The Omicron Threat
Due to the lower number of cases across the country, the InterAgency Task Force (IATF), together with the local government units (LGUs), has eased restrictions in many places, including Metro Manila. However, just as a semblance of normalcy was returning, the world was taken back by the announcement of a new variant of concern – Omicron. This brought the IATF to, once again, tighten border controls for those coming to the country.
Despite the threat, the Department of Health stated that there are no Omicron cases to date detected inside the country. Together with this, there are still no talks about bringing back the implementation of the face shield policy. But the DOH is still on the lookout for possible changes in COVID-19 protocols and guidelines should the need arise. Given these uncertainties, we should all still abide by established preventive measures like the wearing of face masks and physical social distancing.