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Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Aug. 3 urged safeguarding of children from the more harmful Delta variant after an increase in severe cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the younger population was noted in other parts of the country.
Last July 30, the city had restricted children aged 15 years old and below from entering and enclosed places and limited them to open spaces like parks and al fresco or open air dining pursuant to Executive Order No. 89 series of 2021 issued by the mayor.
But parents should be more cautious and if possible should limit occasions of letting their children go out of their homes only to essential purposes.
“It is better to err on the side of caution than risk them from getting sick especially that they are still unvaccinated,” the mayor said.
The UP Philippine General Hospital in Manila on August 3 reported that its COVID-19 intensive care units for children had reached full capacity and that more kids with COVID-19 are being treated in the hospital.
The mayor said data from the US and Europe also showed that more children and adolescents are being infected by the Delta variant with peculiar symptoms
“Kakaiba ang symptoms nito. Akala mo very mild pero mas matindi ang tama sa inyong organs. Even the doctors mention that very light ang symptoms nito pero ang tama sa lungs is more severe,” the mayor said.