DOH fears post-holiday COVID surge
The Philippine Star|November 25, 2020
The Department of Health is bracing for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases after the Christmas season, prompting DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III to issue a circular discouraging traditional holiday festivities to avoid the transmission of the virus.
ALEXIS ROMERO

During a meeting of the government’s pandemic task force in Davao City on Monday night, Duque said the DOH formed a contingency plan to enable health authorities and other officials to respond in case a post-holiday surge in COVID infections occurs.

“I would like to remind everyone that the downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases should not make us complacent,” Duque said.

The DOH will implement Department Circular 20200355 to remind the people to continue observing minimum health standards such as wearing of face masks and shields, physical distancing and frequent handwashing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Under the circular, holiday activities such as caroling, shopping in flea markets and crowded malls, indoor gatherings with large crowds, riding in jampacked public utility vehicles and other activities that involve physical contact are discouraged.

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