Here’s why the government thinks the rainy season will make the fight against COVID-19 “more challenging”

The Department of Finance (DOF) said on Friday that the rainy season coinciding with the gradual reopening of the country’s economy may complicate the fight against COVID-19. (Malacañang: Life cannot return to normal until there is a COVID-19 vaccine or cure) Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran, the DOF’s chief economist, explained in an economic bulletin: “As […]

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The Department of Finance (DOF) said on Friday that the rainy season coinciding with the gradual reopening of the country’s economy may complicate the fight against COVID-19.

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(Malacañang: Life cannot return to normal until there is a COVID-19 vaccine or cure)

Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran, the DOF’s chief economist, explained in an economic bulletin: “As the rainy season approaches, the battle against the virus will become more challenging. The flu season will have started and flooding could occur in low-lying areas. Distancing in temporary relocation sites could be difficult to implement.”

“The ongoing COVID-19 is, first and foremost, a health issue,” Beltran concludes. “The policy response for preventing its further spread (restriction of movements and physical distancing), however, inevitably made the economy a collateral damage. Such response was, nevertheless, a hedge against further complications.”

Last May 12, Malacañang announced a transition from the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to either a modified ECQ or to a general community quarantine across the country.

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