The Philippines tallied 3,666 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the lowest for this month, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.
The Duterte spokesman also said that due to the country’s limited vaccine supply, the government could not yet make vaccination mandatory.
“Itong ICC, bulls**t ito…Why would I defend or face an accusation before white people? You must be crazy. Iyong mga colonizers ito noon they have not atoned for their sins against the countries that they invaded, including the Philippines,” he said in his weekly address.
Duterte finalized his decision to retain the face shield requirement on Monday night, as announced by his spokesman, Harry Roque.
The Philippines has 5,249 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Monday.
“Acting on the advice of health experts and in view of the Delta variant, PRRD declared that the wearing of face shields, both indoor and outdoor, is still mandatory,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a tweet.
Malacañang on Monday said it was unlikely for the Philippines to remove all community quarantine by the end of this year.
The Philippines is set to receive nearly four million Covid-19 vaccines before the month ends, including the first shipment of Moderna vaccines, the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 said on Sunday.
According to Galvez, the country’s vaccine czar, shipment of the 40 million doses will begin “after eight weeks starting August” and the shipments will be delivered in bulk.
The Philippines reported 6,833 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, pushing the nationwide tally to 1,346,276.
The Philippines tallied 6,637 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases Thursday.
The survey, conducted from Apr. 28 to May 2, found adult joblessness at 25.8 percent of the adult labor force.
In a Palace briefing, Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said the president merely shrugged off the report after knowing it was based on media sources, which he said would not stand in court.
Duterte’s decision was first made public by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who said in a tweet that “the president agreed that face shields should only be used in hospitals.”
The Philippines reported 5,414 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, pushing the nationwide tally to 1,332,832.
Vega’s higher-ups in the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases have been consistent in asserting that face shields were required despite calls to abolish the requirement.