The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, issued a severe warning to those who refused to receive Covid injections if they did not comply with the stay-at-home order
With the number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines hitting a three-month high, President Rodrigo Duterte has taken a firm attitude towards unvaccinated people, threatening if these “stubborn people” violate Confinement orders, they will arrest them.
In his national televised speech on Thursday, Duterte announced that as he “Responsible for the safety and well-being of every Filipino,” He was forced to adopt a firm attitude towards those who had not yet been stabbed.
Duterte’s hardline stance reflects the Philippines’ concerns about the increasing number of Covid cases, and medical professionals worry that this may overwhelm the country’s medical system, which may lead to an increase in the number of deaths.
According to the Philippine Ministry of Health, on Thursday, the daily number of new coronary pneumonia cases in the Philippines reached the highest level since September, with 17,220 new infections.
The number of daily cases is more than three times the number recorded earlier this week, and the number of Covid infections in the country ranks second among any state in Southeast Asia. Officials say that most of the new cases are caused by the spread of the Omicron variant.
Duterte had previously spoken out about his anger against anti-vaccineists. Last year he warned that if people refuse to be stabbed, they may face jail or be forced to inject ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, among other things. , Is used to treat animals.
“If he refuses, if he walks out of the house and walks around the community, he will be restrained. If he refuses, the captain now has the right to arrest stubborn people,” Duterte said, referring to those who have not been vaccinated.
By the end of 2021, government data showed that 49.8 million people in the Philippines were fully vaccinated. This number is less than half of the country’s 110 million people.
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