Malacañang on Tuesday said the government’s pandemic task force had yet to consider imposing more stringent lockdowns to curb the threat of the more infectious Delta Covid-19 variant.

“Wala pa pong recommendation for hard lockdown dahil ang importante po total health. Binabalanse po talaga natin iyan. Iwasan natin ang pagkalat pero ngayon po, mas importante iyong prevention,” Palace spokesman Roque said in a media briefing.

As of July 26, the country has recorded 119 Delta variant cases.

The Department of Health reported 7,186 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the most since June 13.

Delta is a “variant of concern,” according to the World Health Organization.

For now, Roque said the best thing to do was to get vaccinated and follow health protocols.

“Huwag na po nating hintayin mawalan tayo uli ng hanapbuhay. Mag-ingat na po tayo ngayon nang sa ganoon magpatuloy po tayo ng ating hanapbuhay at siyempre po, magpabakuna na,” he said.

OCTA Research Team fellow Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. earlier said that a stricter uniform lockdown would help halt the spread of Delta, which he said could infect five to eight people.

He also called on the government to prepare isolation facilities for individuals infected with Delta, saying home quarantine for Delta cases was not recommended.

“The key here is contact tracing because we are going to double the number of contacts in the next surge per day,” Austriaco said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro