“Vaccine or prison?”: Duterte warns of a surge in COVID Delta variants | Coronavirus pandemic news
The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to send people who refused to get the coronavirus vaccine to prison because the government imposed border controls on the country to “highly vigilant” new cases of the Delta variant.
“You can choose: you get vaccinated, or I will send you to jail,” Duterte said in Tagalog in a pre-recorded address on Monday night.
The Philippines started its vaccination program in March, but there have been reports of low turnout rates at several vaccination centers in the country, despite reports that people are also scrambling to obtain a limited supply of Pfizer’s BioNtech vaccine.
Duterte admitted that he was getting more and more annoyed by “these fools” who refused to be vaccinated, and then threatened to give them “vaccinations for pigs.”
“You are all stubborn.”
Duterte also threatened to shoot the Filipino It was discovered that lockout restrictions were violated during the pandemic.There have been several cases since that threat The alleged offender was killed by the authorities, Including an elderly man and a former soldier who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to data from the vaccine tracking agency Herd Immunity PH, as of Monday, only about 1.95% of the country’s estimated population of 110 million have been fully vaccinated.
According to another government report on Monday evening, 8.4 million doses of vaccine have been vaccinated. At least 6.2 million people received the first dose of the vaccine, and 2.15 million people were fully vaccinated.
As of Monday, the Philippines has reported 1.3 million coronavirus cases, of which nearly 56,000 are still active. Many new cases attributed to a surge in infections in Mindanao, Duterte’s political stronghold. More than 23,700 people died, including 138 on Monday.
Duterte said those who refuse to be vaccinated should “leave this country” and either go to India or the United States.
The Philippine medical community has been stepping up its efforts to encourage citizens to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and open vaccination points in churches, shopping malls and movie theaters to make it easier for Filipinos to obtain the vaccine.
The government has taken Incentives to get a COVID vaccine, Including gifting cattle.
‘There is a crisis’
“This country is facing a crisis. A state of emergency,” Duterte added, while warning that he could order all village chiefs across the country to list all people who have not been vaccinated.
Earlier in the day, the Philippine health department reported the detection of four new cases of highly infectious delta variants, prompting the government to raise the restrictions to a “high alert” level.
Ministry of Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire (Maria Rosario Vergeire) said at a media briefing on Monday: “We hope to further prevent the entry of this Delta variant.”
“Everyone is on high alert,” Virgil added, adding that all local governments have been told to “remain vigilant.”
All four new cases are from Filipinos who have returned from abroad, bringing the total number of officially detected cases to 17, of which one has died and one is still in the hospital.
The Delta variant was first discovered in India, which is facing a health crisis after a surge in cases and tens of thousands of deaths this year.
To help curb the spread of this variant, the Philippines will continue to ban entry from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates until June 30.
The Philippine laboratory also reported another 14 cases of Alpha variants first discovered in the UK, and 12 cases of Beta variants first discovered in South Africa.
At the same address on Monday night, Duterte also directed his anger at the International Criminal Court, Before deciding whether to investigate his government’s “crimes against humanity” allegations related to his drug war, he is considering evidence that resulted in thousands of deaths.
“This ICC is fucking. Why should I defend or face charges in front of white people? You must be crazy,” the President of the Philippines mistakenly said of the international court of 18 judges of different nationalities, races and genders. Say.
“Our laws are different. Our criminal procedures are different. How should you get justice there?”