Filipinos Now Required to Wear Face Masks & Face Shields in Public Places, Roque Says
The Philippine government is now requiring the Filipinos to wear face masks and face shields in public places amid COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday (December 15, 2020), the Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the government ordered the mandatory use of face masks and face shields in public places with the aim to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Roque made the announcement after the meeting of policy-making Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) regarding the matter. The government revised the previous order of requiring people to wear personal protective equipment inside establishments.
The Department of Health recorded a total of 450,733 COVID-19 cases in the country including 8,757 deaths. However, OCTA Research group is expecting that the number of COVID-19 patients may hit half a million by the end of 2020.
OCTA Research together with the national and local governments would conduct swab testing, targeted lockdowns, quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing to prevent the further spread of the virus.
The group also asked the public to refrain from visiting crowded areas and joining mass gathering during this Christmas season due to the health crisis.
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