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MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) –The Department of Health (DOH) is not certain whether it would allow Christmas parties this year despite the downtrend in COVID-19 numbers, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday.

“For now, we cannot say that we are certain that we will be allowing these parties by December,” Vergeire said in a media briefing.

Vergeire warned that such gatherings would only put attendees at risk of contracting the disease.

“Now when we talk about parties, we know that this will comrpise of gatherings, crowding, close contact, minsan enclosed po ‘yung spasyo, at nandyan rin ‘yung posibilidad na maari rin po tayong magkasakit,” she said.

“So ayun ang ating pinapaalala sa ating mga kababyan. Itong mga parties na ito siguro tignan natin kung talagang mag tutuloy-tuloy ang pagbaba ng ating mga kaso and slowly we can go back to the usual things that we do,” she added.

OCTA Research group recently announced that all cities in the National Capital Region are now at moderate risk for COVID-19.

Citing lowered risk, OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David said Christmas parties could be held this year provided that all the attendees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Philippines has logged a total of 2,698,232 COVID-19 cases as of October 14. (MNS)

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