Says they should die five times, warns of more deaths
President Duterte said people who do not believe in vaccines should die five times over for putting others in danger, and warned that more people will die because of a vaccine shortage.In a Thursday night address, Duterte expressed anger upon learning that a recent survey showed that 50 percent of the population are afraid to get the jab.The January 2021 Social Weather Station survey said almost half of all Filipinos are unwilling to get inoculated for COVID-19 mainly due to concerns about the safety of the vaccines. Others believe vaccines are not needed or may be expensive.“We are facing turmoil not only in the Philippines but in the entire world,” he said. “The worst… is yet to come… More will die because of COVID-19 as there is no sufficient supply of vaccines to inoculate the world.”He said he did not know when the country would have enough stocks to vaccinate the people.“That I do not know. Nobody knows,” he said. “I tell you, more people will die here, I just cannot say who.”In a briefing Friday, the head of the World Health Organization said the number of COVID-19 cases per week nearly doubled globally over the last two months, coming close to the highest rate so far in the pandemic.“Cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.The Philippines logged 10,726 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total number of infections to 914,971. active infections swelled to a record-high of 193,476, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.Of this number, which is 21.1 percent of the total cases, 96 percent are mild; 2.9 percent are asymptomatic; 0.4 percent are critical; 0.5 percent are severe; and 0.30 are moderate.The DOH reported 145 new fatalities Friday, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 15,738, which is 1.72 percent of total cases. It was the eighth straight day that COVID-related deaths counted more than 100.
The DOH also reported 650 patients who recently recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 705,757, which is 77.1 percent of the total.The DOH said the case fatality rate (CFR) in Metro Manila is at 1.46 percent, computed based on the number of deaths from the specific disease over the number of confirmed cases with outcomes.
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