Metro Manila – A community-level transmission of COVID-19 is likely to happen in a short span of time, which could prompt a lockdown in certain communities and a shift to a higher Code Red level, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday.
“What we have now is localized transmission in the areas we have earlier mentioned. But the situation can very quickly progress into a community transmission, which means, there could be a larger area of affected communities,” Duque bared during the hearing of the House Committee on Health led by Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan.
“I have said time and again that it’s going to be a very real occurrence over the very short term,” he added.
The World Health Organization said community transmission happens when countries are already experiencing “larger outbreaks of local transmission” of the disease caused by SARS CoV-2, also known as novel coronavirus.
The Philippines is currently under a state of public health emergency after it was placed under Code Red sublevel 1 over the weekend, indicating at least one local transmission reported. It will be raised to sublevel 2 when there are several community transmissions beyond capacity. Schools and work may also be suspended under this alert level.
“When evidence points to community transmission, we will resort first to a localized lockdown, rather than the whole NCR locking down. We have to be careful on the implications of imposing a metro-wide lockdown,” Duque said.
Source : CNN Philippines