If only to underscore the heavy toll that the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) surge has taken on health services in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed that there are over 3,000 health workers currently undergoing isolation, mostly for reinfection from the now Omicron-driven virus.

The DOH also defended its decision to make a shift in its contact tracing strategy, saying that it was now more practical to focus on vaccination rather than tracing the source of infection when there is already confirmed community transmission.

To jumpstart the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years old, five to 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccines for kids are set to arrive next week, according to Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez.

Meanwhile, more and more schools are announcing suspension of classes due to the ongoing surge, with “Walang Pasok” trending on Twitter.

These are among the top stories this Friday morning, Jan. 14, 2022.

A long line forms at the entrance of the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) in Paranaque City as a guard carefully scrutinizes the vaccination cards presented by passengers on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) implemented the ‘no vaccination card, no travel’ policy in Metro Manila. (Ali Vicoy)
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Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/01/14/mb-daily-news-update-631/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mb-daily-news-update-631)