Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to send people to jail for refusing to be vaccinated against coronavirus because the government has issued a “strong warning” in the country over border controls over new cases in the Delta version.
“You can choose. “Are you getting a vaccine or am I going to send you to jail?” Duterte said in a pre-recorded speech Monday evening.
The Philippines launched the vaccine program in March, but there have been reports of low turnout at a number of vaccine centers, although people are also reportedly trying to obtain a limited supply of Pfizer BioNtech pores.
Confessing that he was outraged by “these idiots” who refused to be vaccinated, Duterte threatened to inject them with “pig shots”.
“You are all stubborn.”
Duterte has previously threatened to shoot Filipinos found violators of blocking restrictions during the epidemic. There have been several cases since that threat the killing of alleged offenders by the authorities, including an elderly ex-serviceman suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Of the estimated 110 million people in the country, only 1.95 percent were fully vaccinated as of Monday, according to vaccine researcher Herd Immunity PH.
According to a separate report submitted by the government on Monday night, 8.4 million vaccines were administered. At least 6.2 million people received their first dose, while 2.15 million were fully vaccinated.
As of Monday, the Philippines had reported 1.3 million coronavirus cases, of which nearly 56,000 were still active. Many of the new cases are attributed to a wave of infections at Duterte Mindanao political base.More than 23,700 people died, including 138 on Monday.
Duterte said those who refuse to be vaccinated should simply “leave the country” or go to India or the United States.
The medical community in the Philippines is stepping up its efforts to encourage citizens to get the coronavirus vaccine by opening vaccination sites in churches, shopping malls and cinemas to make it easier for Filipinos to film.
The government has applied Incentives to get COVID staffincluding donating cattle.
“There is a price tag”
“There is a crisis in this country. It is a national emergency, ”Duterte added, warning that he could instruct all village heads in the country to compile a list of all those not vaccinated.
Earlier in the day, the Philippine Department of Health said it had identified four new cases of the highly contagious Delta version, prompting the government to raise restrictions on “enhanced vigilance.”
“We want to prevent further entry of this Delta version,” Health Department spokeswoman Maria Rosario Verger told reporters on Monday.
“Everyone is on high alert,” Vergeir said, adding that all local governments had been told to be on guard.
All four new cases are from Filipinos returning abroad,, the number of officially detected cases reaches 17, one death, և one remains in hospital.
The Delta version was first discovered in India, which is facing a health crisis this year after tens of thousands of deaths.
To curb the spread of the variant, the Philippines will maintain a ban on arrivals from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates until June 30.
Laboratories in the Philippines also reported 14 cases of the alpha version in the United Kingdom, first discovered in South Africa.
Monday night at the same address Duterte also expressed his anger at the International Criminal Court, which examines the evidence before making a decision to investigate his administration’s allegations of “crimes against humanity” in connection with a drug war that has killed thousands.
“This ICC is b ****** t. Why defend or prosecute white people? You have to be crazy, ”the Philippine president falsely said of an international tribunal of 18 judges of different nationalities, ethnicities and genders.
“Our laws are different. Our criminal procedures are different. How are you going to get justice there? ”