An infectious diseases expert on Wednesday said the country’s Covid-19 situation had become more manageable through vaccines and health protocols, which could prevent a surge powered by the Omicron XE variant.

Dr. Edsel Salvana, in a “Laging Handa” briefing, said the country had been showing signs of “endemicity” with decreasing Covid-19 cases.

“This is a gradual process and nakikita na naman natin iyong signs of endemicity dito, na hindi na napi-pressure iyong ating health care system, manageable na, mayroon tayong mga lunas para dito and we know how to prevent it with masks and our vaccines,” he said.

The Philippines logged 2,679 new Covid-19 infections from March 28 to April 3.

“In a way nagiging endemic na siya, every single day na the cases remain low, that’s a step forward toward endemicity,” Salvana said.

The Omicron XE variant is a combination of the BA.1 and BA.2 sublineages of Omicron.

It was first detected in the United Kingdom in January.

“Very important na maging vigilant tayo at nandiyan naman iyong ating safeguards, huwag lang po sana talagang magsasawa ang mga tao sa paggamit ng mask at magpa-boost na po talaga sila para at least mas marami po tayong layers of protection,” Salvana said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro