Philippine president threatens to jail residents who refuse vaccine

 Steph Deschamps / June 23, 2021

The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte threatened on Monday evening, in a televised allocation, to place behind bars the compatriots who refuse to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus. While the contaminations by the Delta variant (Indian variant) multiply in the archipelago, the Philippine authorities try to accelerate the campaign of vaccination but face a certain reticence of the population.

 

The idiots who do not want to be vaccinated should simply leave the country so as not to further infect the Filipino population. The country is facing a crisis, he reiterated.This is a national emergency. If you don't want to get vaccinated, I will have you arrested. Rodrigo Duterte made it known that he will ask local authorities to maintain lists of people who are reluctant to be vaccinated. I think the president has just used clear language to make it clear that we need to get vaccinated and get herd immunity as soon as possible, Justice Secretary Menargo Guevarra said Tuesday, while noting that there is no law criminalizing the refusal to get vaccinated.  More than 2.1 million Filipinos are fully protected against SARS-Cov-2 since the government launched its vaccination campaign in March. The total number of coronavirus infections in the Philippines has risen to 1,364,239, with 5,249 new cases reported on Monday alone, the Department of Health said. The country has lost nearly 24,000 (23,749) lives since the beginning of the pandemic.

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