Frenchlyn Del Corro
Manila, Philippines — Iginiit ni OCTA Research fellow Guido David, na dapat munang hinayaan na nasa Alert Level 3 ang Metro Manila ng hanggang dalawang linggo pa.
“Personally, I might have taken a slightly more cautious approach and maybe waited one week or two weeks. One to two weeks in the scheme of things will not be a long wait if we waited one to two weeks,” ani David.
Naiintindihan aniya na bumabse ang pandemic task force ng gobyerno sa ibang metrics kaysa ginamit noong unang dalawang taon ng pandemya.
“When we were in the situation last year with the Delta surge and the March surge last year with the Alpha and the Beta, we needed the number of cases to go down below 2,000 per day before we opened up because that was correlated with the number of hospitalizations so we calculated that number to be the threshold based on the number of people getting hospitalized,” paliwanag pa nito.
“The surge capacity is probably much higher, what that means is 3,000 cases a day in NCR (National Capital Region), even if we’re going to be having that level for a while, that will be a level of cases that will not really threaten our hospital care system.”
“That’s the most important aspect and that’s the reason we had to go to lockdown, the healthcare system being threatened but now because of the predominantly mild cases, that may not be the case,” dagdag ni David.
Isasailalim ang Metro Manila at ilan pang lugar sa Alert Level 2 mula Pebreo 1 hanggang Pebrero 15, 2022.