The Department of Health (DOH) revealed that initial projections reveal that the number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the Philippines is doubling every two days. 

“Nakikita natin na ang case doubling time natin is 2.2 days, ibig sabihin every two days nakikita natin nagdo-doble ang numero ng mga kaso,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a Palace briefing.

Vergeire added that the data shows that the Omicron variant is possibly five to six times more infectious. 

Though the country cannot immediately prevent the transmission, Vergeire believes the Philippines can further curb the uptick of infections in the following weeks.

“So kung tayo po lahat ay magtutulong tulong, aside from the restrictions that we are imposing, nandyan naman po ‘yung posibilidad that we can stop further the increase in cases in the coming weeks,” she said. Ronald Espartinez