PDA is out; PNP warns against “lambingan on street” citing physical distancing protocol in public

PDA is out; PNP warns against “lambingan on street” citing physical distancing protocol in public

- The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced they will start calling out couples on the street who are engaged in a public display of affection or PDA

- PNP Spokesperson Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said this is included in the health protocol rules that have been in place since last year

- Usana said they are not singling out couples as the directive is “across the board”

- He reminded the public to observe minimum health protocols when venturing out

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The Philippine National Police called on the public, including couples, that public display of affection or PDA is strictly prohibited amid the current health crisis.

PDA is out, PNP warns against “lambingan on street” citing physical distancing protocol in public
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These include putting an arm around someone's shoulder, holding hands, or any other form of PDA, to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.

“Kasama 'yan sa panuntunan noong nakaraang taon na hangga’t maaari ay i-maintain 'yung minimum physical distancing between and among our people na nasa publiko,” PNP Spokesperson Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said.

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He also said that those who are most likely to get affected by this are friends, sweethearts, those who are close to each other or have intimate relationships.

Gen. Usana explained that they are not singling out couples as the directive covers all who venture to public places, emphasizing that it is “across the board” and is being implemented to all sectors of society within the country.

“Incidentally, nag-require na po ang ating mga lokal na pamunuan na strictly enforce itong minimum health and safety protocols, that means maghihigpit tayo sa pagsusuot ng face mask, face shield pati na rin po 'yung physical distancing,” the PNP spokesperson said.

The order does not specify, however, if the carrying of children in public is also disallowed. As for couples, they might just bear the urge to express how they love each other, at least in public places, until after authorities lift the restrictions.

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The Department of Health reported that COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country despite government efforts to control it. While the arrival of the vaccine from China and from WHO’s COVAX facility provided a glimmer of hope, reports of hundreds of new infections kept pouring in.

The Philippines has been referred to as the longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown. This has caused a huge dent in the nation’s economy.

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The coronavirus infection struck the country early last year, which eventually spread to crowded communities in urban areas. Before this happened, the deadly coronavirus was already a topic of discussion not only in China but also in the world at large. Since its outbreak, the virus has so far taken the lives of so many people, leaving fear and despair among the world's populace.

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After almost a year, Filipinos became hopeful once again with the news that vaccines are almost ready with Pfizer as the foremost among them. However, hope dimmed again with the news about two people from the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK who received Pfizer's approved coronavirus vaccine falling ill and needed to be treated for serious allergic reactions. At the time, the UK government warned that those who have severe allergies may not be able to receive the vaccine due to the reactions exhibited by the two patients.

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