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OCTA Group Stresses Need For Stricter Quarantine Measures

OCTA GROUP – The OCTA Research group is calling for stricter quarantines measures for returning Filipinos and tourists in the country.

The fight against COVID-19 is not yet over as the pandemic is still existing in the country. This disease has affected over 200 nations and territories across the globe. Unfortunately, in PH, a bigger challenge is on the surface now following a surge in the cases of the disease.

For more than two (2) weeks now, the country is recording over 5,000 cases of COVID-19 daily. The whole National Capital Region (NCR) was previously placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) following the increase in the cases.

The provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were also placed under ECQ. It was just recently when the quarantine measure was downgraded to modified ECQ.

OCTA Group on Returning Filipinos
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Currently, the vaccination drive is ongoing in the Philippines. The top priorities includes the healthcare workers, the senior citizens, and those who are immuno-compromised. Undeniably, many people were initially hesitant to get the vaccine.

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Amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, there are calls for stricter community quarantine measures. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the OCTA group is calling for stricter quarantine measures for returning Filipinos and tourists in the Philippines.

According to OCTA Group member Guido Olvido, the quarantine period must be mandatory as there is a strain of COVID-19 that is not detected by the RT-PCR test. The said variant was reportedly recorded in France.

Olvido stressed that a 14-day quarantine period or more prevents the exposure of the person to many people limiting the chances of the spread of the virus in case the traveler is positive. Currently, there are almost 173,000 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.

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