Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to detain the unvaccinated from taking to the streets

The Philippine Department of Health (DoH) registered in its last report 10,775 new cases of the coronavirus.

The Philippine Department of Health (DoH) registered in its last report 10,775 new cases of the coronavirus.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte authorized detaining unvaccinated people from leaving their homes during the current period of restrictions imposed to stop the contagions of the Omicron variant.

After the number of infections tripled in the last two days in the archipelago, 13,000,000 unvaccinated Manila residents are ordered to stay home. The same rule applies in other provinces and cities.

Authorities expect infections to continue to rise in the coming days and peak at the end of the month. “Because it is a national emergency, my position is that we can stop” people who have not been vaccinated, Duterte said in a message.

“Now I am giving orders (to the heads of the localities) so that look for people who are not vaccinated and ask or order them, if they can, to stay put. If they refuse and leave their homes (…), they can be detained. And if they refuse, (the official) is empowered to arrest the recalcitrant, “he added.

Vaccination against the coronavirus is voluntary in this country of more than 100,000,000 inhabitants, where less than half the population has been immunized.or. In the Philippines, the coronavirus has infected 2,900,000 people, of whom almost 52,000 died.

Prior to the announcement, the provinces of Bulacán, Cavite and Rizal, on the outskirts of Manila, were also placed on alert “due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases,” government spokesman Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Under the new restrictions, which will be in effect until mid-January, in addition to unvaccinated people who will have to stay at home, restaurants, parks, churches and beauty salons will operate at less capacity, while face-to-face lessons and contact sports were suspended.

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