A two-year-old boy who recently tested positive for Covid-19 after going to the mall would not affect the status of the newly-implemented Alert Level 2 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

Vergeire said that the case is an isolated one and would not affect the implementation of the more relaxed alert level in NCR. 

However, she advised the public to continue to follow minimum health protocols as well as for parents to avoid bringing their children in areas with high foot traffic. 

“We have already instructed our regional office to look into this matter,” she said.

“Marami pang maging factors at reasons kung bakit nagkaroon ng sakit ang bata, hindi lang ang pagpunta sa mall. Maaaring sa bahay doon na sa siya nahawa. Maaaring ang mga nakatatanda niyang kasama sa bahay ay lumalabas at nagtatrabaho,” Vergeire said.

“Let us remember, the objective of having children out is for them to be able to get sunlight and have exercise but not to go into these crowded malls.”

Meanwhile, Vergeire said that the health department observed that allowing children at parks and open areas was useful as part of the face-to-face classes preparation. Ronald Espartinez