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DSWD Spokesperson Dir. Irene Dumlao on cash aid: Ang priority na mabibigyan ng financial aid ay mga beneficiaries ng social amelioration program under Bayanihan 1 and 2, at 'yung mga kabilang sa mga vulnerable sector na namumuhay mag-isa, persons with disabilities, solo parents
DSWD: Itong listahan na binahagi sa mga LGUs ay pwedeng maging basehan sa pagtukoy ng mga mabibigyan ng financial assistance
DSWD: Maaring magsimula ang pamamahagi ng financial assistance bukas, or sa April 7
DSWD: Nakasaad na tutukuyin ng LGUs ang pinakamabisa, pinakamabilis ang pamamahagi ng tulong whether in-kind or in cash
DSWD: ₱1,000 ang matatanggap ng kada individual, pero hindi dapat hihigit sa ₱4,000 ang matatanggap ng isang pamilya
DSWD on another round of cash aid amid the extended lockdown: Ang ating mga economic managers ang nakakaalam kung may karagdagang ayuda ngayong pinalawig ang lockdown sa NCR Plus bubble
Dr. Edsel Salvana of the Department of Health Technical Advisory Group on the surge of COVID-19 cases: Nakatutok tayo sa variant of concern, pero 'yung virus na mas laganap sa buong mundo—D614G na virus, 3 to 9 times more contagious than the original viruses that we have in March
Dr. Salvana: Bukod pa dun, katulad nang sinabi ng WHO, baka dahil 'yung mga tao na nandiyan na 'yung mga bakuna, nagpapakampante na nang konti
Dr. Salvana: Sa Europe maraming naglalagay ng bagong lockdown—France, Italy, Germany, and 'yung cases nila ay 40,000 a day. Ang US, 60,000 a day. Ang problema sa virus na ito sobrang contagious
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Dr. Salvana: 'Yung mga at risk populations natin ay responsible for 90% of the total deaths, kung mabakunahan sila and the deaths from the virus will go down by more than 90%
Dr. Salvana on a possible nationwide ECQ: Marami pa rin ang mga areas na nakaka-control ang cases nila, pero patuloy pa rin na kailangang mag-ingat. It takes about two weeks of any kind of effect. May delay talaga, infections na nakikita natin ngayon ay about two weeks ago
Dr. Salvana: Magsisimula pa lang ang effect ng ECQ. Hopefully magta-taper off na 'yung infections. Ang importante talaga ay healthcare capacity
Dr. Salvana: Ang COVID, basta maalagaan nang maayos ('yung patient) kahit severe, chances are 5% lang ang mamamatay sa mga severe. Pero kung wala na tayong kama, wala nang oxygen, marami talagang mamamatay
Dr. Salvana: Kahit maraming cases pa 'yan, as long as we can continue to take care of them, the risk of dying is mababa. Kung hindi na kaya ng mga hospitals, sisipa talaga ang mga deaths na 'yan
Dr. Salvana: 'Yung datos tungkol sa mga kabataan, although less likely magkaroon ng symptoms ang mga bata. Mababa ang risk nila of dying, or severe pero pwede nila ito i-transmit sa mga vulnerable persons
Dr. Salvana on using political pressure to push for the use of Ivermectin vs COVID: Maraming mga gamot na unproven na ginagamit pero dumaan lahat sa pagsusuri ng FDA. Hindi kami against sa mga potential drugs, ang Ivermectin hindi pa malakas ang ebidensiya
Dr. Salvana on ivermectin use against COVID-19: Kung kailangang gamitin for compassionate use, pero ang problema since 2018 walang rehistradong oral na ivermectin. 'Yung mga umiikot ngayon, hindi namin alam kung saan nanggaling
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Dr. Salvana: Kailangan na lahat tayo magtulong-tulong. Ang savior talaga ay ang mga bakuna, pero tight ang supply
OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David: May positive [effect] ang ECQ, even nung GCQ bubble. Pero nung time ng GCQ bubble nag-improve by 0.1 ang reproduction number. With the ECQ, nag-improve siya from 1.9 to 1.6. Ang ibig sabihin 'yung trend is slowing down
OCTA Research Dr. David: 'Yung growth rate nag-decrease from 60% increase to 20% increase. Hopefully with the additional one week ECQ, we can reduce further ang reproduction number to 1 or close to 1
OCTA Research fellow Dr. Butch Ong: The real effect of the ECQ will be felt this week or next week. The trends are going down, pero it's early to say if it's going down enough
OCTA's Dr. Ong: Hopefully itong extension ng ECQ, sana paigtingin pa ang implementation at para sa public ay maging disiplinado
OCTA's Dr. David: The past weeks, the increase was 50% to 60%, the past week was down to 20%. 'Yun ang start ng improvement. First we will see a decrease sa upward trend. Wala pa tayo sa downward trend
OCTA's Dr. Ong: Hospitals are full sa NCR, above 70% ang ICU. We expect to see an improvement, maybe in a week or two pa
OCTA's Dr. David: We're still expecting around the same, which means we will still be having 11,000 cases a day for the next week or so
OCTA's Dr. Ong on home coronavirus treatment: Nakikita natin na ini-increase ng gobyerno, especially LGUs, ang capacity ng ICU. Nakikita natin na nagiimprove naman. With regards to moderate to severe, our doctors are really working para ma-turnover, mabilis ang pag-recover
OCTA's Dr. Ong: There are things done now to improve the capacities, especially sa level ng quarantine facilities
OCTA's Dr. David: 'Yung 1 million total cases, that will be breached before the end of April based on projections that we're seeing
OCTA's Dr. David: Since maraming healthcare workers ang nagkakasakit, we hope the national government can provide quarantine facilities for healthcare workers
OCTA's Dr. David: As long as 'yung increase ng cases ay controlled, baka kayanin. We've seen that some hospitals have scaled up their capacities. Although, admittedly medyo puno na 'yung mga hospitals
OCTA's Dr. David: We hope they could add more beds, transfer some healthcare workers from provinces to NCR because we really have a critical situation sa hospitals natin

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