Health authorities are against in-person voting of Covid-19 patients in facilities that will be set up by the Comelec in clustered precincts for the 2022 national elections.
In an earlier statement, the Comelec said, it will provide designated areas for Covid-19 patients so they could vote on the same day as those who are are not infected.
Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire urges the Commission on Elections to find other alternatives for Covid-19 patients to vote in the 2022 national elections. Allowing patients to vote in-person may lead to further transmission of the virus, the department says.
The Comelec said earlier that those who are positive for the virus may still vote in isolation booths at voting precincts.
“We all know that when a Covid-19 positive individual leaves his or her room, the patient can infect others,” says Ms Vergeire. She suggested the possibility for patients to cast their vote
“The DOH does not recommend allowing Covid-19 patients to leave their isolation area to do these kinds of activities because these might have some form of transmission and infect other people,” she says. (HMP/JuanManila)