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Vaccination, border control slow down Delta spread – Salvana

QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- Ramped-up vaccination drive and tight border control imposition effectively slowed down the spread of COVID-19 Delta variant, said infectious disease expert Dr. Edsel Salvana in a media briefing Wednesday, September 1.

Dr. Salvana, a Health Department Technical Advisory Group member, said the proportion of severe and critical cases was reduced from 2.8% to 1.7% after the two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

He added that medical experts and researchers projected the active cases in Metro Manila could reach 66,000 despite strict quarantine protocols.

“The most conservative FASSSTER projection [in] six-weeks [of] ECQ predicted about 66,000 active cases in NCR by August 31. Where are we right now? We are at about 41,000 active cases,” he said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said if the government did not impose ECQ in some areas, there is a possibility of reaching 525,000 active cases by the end of September.

Although the surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the Delta variant is expected, Dr. Salvana said it is manageable with a reinforced vaccination campaign and healthcare system.

“Ang nakikita talaga natin sa mga vaccinated patients na nagkakaroon ng breakthrough infection, halos lahat po iyan mild or moderate (We are seeing vaccinated patients with mild to moderate breakthrough infections) and so we’re really able to manage them,” he added.

The government expects to receive 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in September, Roque said. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD)

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