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Marcos inks EO allowing voluntary wearing of face masks indoors

President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday signed an executive order (EO) allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks in indoor settings.Under EO 7, the wearing of face masks in indoor and outdoor settings shall be voluntary except in healthcare facilities, medical transport, and public… Read More

OMICRON VARIANTS, OPTIONAL FACE MASK TO PUSH COVID-19 CASES TO 18,000 DAILY

By ROGER M. BALANZA

New variants of Covid-19 Omicron that have entered the Philippines plus optional use of face mask is a lethal brew that could push up to 18,000 new COVID-19 cases daily in November and December, Department of Health officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Thursday.

Earlier, Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was set to issue an order making voluntary the use of face masks indoors.

The Department of Health previously reported the local transmission of the Omicron XBB subvariant and XBC variant. 

Vergeire in ANC Headstart said: As a doctor and based on the scientific projections that have been done by our experts, once we ease the face mask rule, we may have cases towards November and December from 2,500 and up to 18,000 cases.

Vergeire said that the projected increase in COVID-19 cases is not only because of the relaxed mask mandate, but likewise because of XBB and XBC that have entered the country.