The Department of Health’s Secretary Francisco Duque III has confirmed that kids are once again prohibited from going out after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) pulled back on its earlier resolution due to the presence of the Delta variant in the country. 

The resolution in question – IATF-EID Resolution No. 125 – was released in the second week of July. It permits children aged 5 and above to go out under the supervision of a guardian, but is limited only to areas under MGCQ and GCQ ‘with some restrictions.’

“Latest natin diyan ay hindi na muna nating papayagan sa ngayon,” Duque shared in an interview with ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo

The secretary of health noted that the pulling back of the resolution stemmed from the confirmation of Delta variant cases in the country, specifically locally transmitted ones.

“Dahil nagkaroon na tayo ng Delta variant, nagkaisa ang IATF na i-aatras muna itong resolution na ito,” Duque explained. 

According to Duque, the IATF will convene in the coming weeks to assess the situation and if it improves, the resolution can be reinstated. 

“Kung makita naman na hindi naman patuloy na tumataas lalo dito sa NCR (National Capital Region), baka pwedeng ibalik natin yung Resolution 125,” Duque noted.

Yesterday, DOH reported 12 additional cases of the Delta variant in the country – bringing the total case number to 47. However, the said patients have since recovered.

At present, there are eight active Delta variant cases in the country.

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