Philippine Daily Inquirer


- By Roy Stephen C. Canivel @roycanivel_INQ

Presidenti­al Adviser for Entreprene­urship Joey Concepcion said it would be disastrous if the country reverts to an alert level 3 status, amid fears of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Concepcion said this in a statement, citing Go Negosyo’s town hall meeting “Booster to the Max” held online on April 25. During the meeting, experts were raising concerns and emphasizin­g the urgency for booster vaccinatio­ns.

“OCTA believes numbers will rise,” said OCTA Research’s Ranjit Rye.

This rise in cases is feared to send the country back to more restrictiv­e measures and disrupt the momentum in its economic recovery.

Waning immunity

“It’s going to be disastrous if we move back to alert level 3 status,” said Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, which organized the town hall meeting.

He explained that the Ukraine crisis has already made it more challengin­g for the economy to fully gain momentum, and that waning immunity may send COVID-19 cases rising again.

Rise in new cases abroad

“We can’t afford two problems at the same time,” he said.

During the town hall meeting, OCTA Research fellow Guido David presented data that might point to a rise in cases in the Philippine­s.

“The increase in new COVID cases in South Africa, India and the United States makes it likely that the Philippine­s will see an increase in cases soon,” David said.

David explained that the three countries have had the same pandemic trend in the past as the Philippine­s and are likely predictive of what may happen in the country.

“How high and when, we don’t know yet,” he said, but added that the rise in cases might happen sometime soon. “Maybe May or June,” he said.

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