Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula warns the faithful against the increasing number of people infected by the new COVID-19 Delta variant and urged them to partake in the ongoing steps to curb the spread of the virus.
“Mayroon tayong threat ngayon especially sa Delta variant, kailangan na mag-prepare tayo para hindi mag-spread masyado itong vicious na Delta variant,” Cardinal Advincula told Radio Veritas.
The Cardinal then encouraged the people to be vaccinated as one of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new variant of coronavirus.
“Magpabakuna tayo, although sabi ng mga experts na hindi ito assurance na hindi na magka-COVID pero kung mahawaan man it seems na hindi serious or as severe yung ating kondisyon compared sa mga hindi nagpabakuna,” the Cardinal said.
For those who have not yet received the vaccine, Cardinal Advincula advised them to stay in their homes and refrain from going out if they do not have important things to do to help prevent the spread of the virus.
He also urged churches to strictly follow the safety health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID).
“Observe strictly the recommended health and safety protocols tulad ng pag-check ng temperature, pagsusuot ng facemask at face shields, paglalagay ng alcohol, social distancing then disinfection sa mga simbahan after each use,” Cardinal Advincula said.
According to the Department of Health, there are 1.5 million people that are now infected with COVID-19 in the country with 216 cases of the Delta variant.
Due to the increasing number of cases of delta variants in the country, the government recently announced that the National Capital Region will be placed on General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Then, on August 6 to 20, 2021, Metro Manila will be put under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Because of these announcements, religious activities are once again restricted. All masses in the parishes are to be live-streamed through their Facebook pages and Youtube channels. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)