Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said there is no evidence for another lockdown after the 2022 elections due to a potential spike of Covid-19 infections.

“Sa ngayon, walang indikasyon na magkakaroon ng lockdown matapos ang eleksyon,” Duque said during an interview with GMA.

If there’s a need for it, Duque said that only granular lockdowns will be implemented and not a widespread one. 

“Kung magkakaroon man, granular lockdown na lamang. Tapos na tayo sa mga widespread lockdown,” he said. 

Meanwhile, National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) chairperson and Health Undersecretary Dr. Myrna Cabotaje said the increase in cases are not significant but warned that the “we should not be putting our guards down.”

Duque said that the public should not worry about the BA.2.12 subvariant of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus since the World Health Organization has not yet declared it as a variant of interest or variant of concern.

“Wala pang dapat ipangamba sa BA.2.12 dahil hindi naman ito natukoy ng WHO bilang variant of interest at variant of concern,” he said.

A 52-year-old Finnish female who arrived in Baguio City from Finland last April 2 is the first identified case of Omicron BA.2.12 in the country. — Ronald Espartinez