02971: Numbers on the Rise Again

Two Bowls of Pork Sinigang

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 357

It was already concerning that by the end of February, our daily new COVID-19 case numbers were staying consistently above 2k. This week we've ended with things with 3k new cases for two straight days, which is s starting to feel like we're on track to celebrate one year of being in quarantine with record-high numbers for 2021. It's rather unsettling of course but all we can do is stay the course and stick to all the safety protocols. With numbers like these, I don't mind wearing face shields when in public just to be absolutely sure we're taking every precaution against contracting the disease.

I guess it's just as well that vaccines, albeit just donated ones, have finally reached the country and are starting to get administered to our healthcare workers. We may not like all the vaccine brands that are available for the use of our frontliners, but at this point, we need all the help we can get. I hate seemingly settling for mediocre, but a global pandemic is pretty serious and the clock is ticking. The media is already trying to find a connection between the new, more infections variants of the virus that are out there as a reason for the recent uptick in new cases, but I'm sure it's not that simple. 

It's the sad kind of funny that we're been maintaining the GCQ in Metro Manila for so long now, but we've also been repeatedly modifying it to relax more of the rules in order to somehow support our economic recovery. Coincidentally, it feels like the whole Ship of Theseus thought experiment - is it still GCQ if we keep changing what it means to be at this level of quarantine? Something to ponder indeed.

The weekend continues. Let's focus on more positive things for now, I suppose.