The OCTA Research group urged the government to rethink its decision to allow persons 15 to 65 as well as conducting seminars in general community quarantine areas as these may trigger another wave of COVID-19 infections.
The group said, “We understand the logic of economic promotion in these directives but given the reality of significant outbreaks still in many GCQ areas, we believe that at this time, these directives are risky and opposed to sensible pandemic management.”
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases recently expanded the age group of persons allowed to go out of their homes to 15 to 65 years old.
Under the previous policy, those below 21 and above 60 are required to stay home with the exception of work and accessing necessities.
While it supports the gradual reopening of the economy, the group urged the government to rethink its decisions that “may increase the chances of dangerous superspreader events.”