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Philippines makes it illegal for unvaccinated individuals to walk around

Philippines makes it illegal for unvaccinated individuals to walk around. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines' capital have risen sharply in recent weeks, following a long period of decline in the pandemic.
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Philippines makes it illegal for unvaccinated individuals to walk around. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines’ capital have risen sharply in recent weeks, following a long period of decline in the pandemic.

The announcement of yet another lockdown in Metro Manila, the enormous metropolis of the Philippines has put a damper on an otherwise joyous Christmas season as the city works to combat an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections.

This time, however, only those residents and visitors who have not been vaccinated must adhere to the stay-at-home restrictions; everyone else must follow additional precautions when out in public.

At least until January 15, unvaccinated people in Metro Manila will be required to “limit their mobility,” according to the city’s governing council. If daily caseloads do not decrease by then, limits may be reimposed.

Unvaccinated people, according to the decree, must stay at home unless they acquire necessities or for medical reasons.There is a prohibition on them at all restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and other entertainment venues.

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For on-site work, they’ll need to be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks at their own expense and they’ll be barred from public transit. Up to $1,000 in fines or six months in prison are possible punishments for violators.

Those who have been vaccinated can roam freely but institutions must restrict their capacity to 30% indoors and 50% outdoors. Classes and karaoke singing are the only things they can’t do because of the close touch.

As the council pointed out in an internal document, there are people who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccination which makes them more likely to get serious infections that necessitate hospitalization and so puts a strain on the healthcare system at the expense of everyone’s health.

Some Filipinos, however, took to social media to express their displeasure with the directive. According to Twitter user soniapaula, there are certain people who can’t get the vaccine because of medical issues. “Mandatory vaccination might put people’s lives at risk if you keep pushing for this. Let people make up their own minds about this, it’s a form of prejudice,” the user wrote.

The city has vaccinated more than 70% of its 14 million residents or around 9.8 million people ahead of schedule. Even vaccinated people can develop and transmit the illness, according to some officials who opposed the council’s directive to keep unvaccinated people at home.

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Despite the fact that 102 percent of the target population has previously been immunized, the recent exponential Covid increase in Metro Manila occurred.

Congresswoman Arlene Brosas remarked “that’s why this current strategy is ignorant of the actual situation on the ground.” For her part, she said that cheap and simple access to tests that might cost up to $100 or more is essential to reducing transmission of the coronavirus.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, the country’s daily caseload has been at its lowest point since the holidays were free of limitations for Filipinos. Parties and large gatherings of extended family members as predicted by local specialists appear to have fueled the virus’s spread.

With more than a dozen confirmed cases, the highly contagious Omicron strain has reached Hawaii. However, because of the country’s poor genome sequencing capabilities, officials cannot declare with certainty if Omicron is driving the spike.

In recent months, various European governments have implemented additional limitations on the unvaccinated since Omicron has caused exceptional surges in Covid infections.

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Both Austria and Germany have declared a state of emergency for unvaccinated individuals and are now contemplating making vaccination against Covid obligatory.


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