Mayor urges Dabawenyos to respect health protocols

As the city of DAVAO continues to enjoy Alert Level 2 status, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said there has been a challenge in implementing and adhering to health protocols among the Dabawenyos.

“Over the past two weeks it has been a struggle na pasabton sa mga tao na (so that people understand this) we must continue with the minimum public health standards na implementation of NATO (which we must put implemented), “Duterte-Carpio said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday afternoon November 29.

Duterte-Carpio again warned that there would be an expected increase in cases in the days or months to come if health protocols were continually ignored.

Among the observations noted by the mayor is the influx of people inside shopping malls, with some adults bringing minors although they are still not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Recently, Duterte-Carpio said the city was considering reinstating regulations for minors under the age of 11 to enter shopping malls.

However, the mayor said in a recent interview that the city will adhere to the provisions of the Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) guidelines that areas below Alert Level 2, such as Davao City , do not impose restrictions. on the movement of people in all age groups.

Thus, it will be at the discretion of the management of the establishments to ensure that the health protocols are respected.

Although the mayor has said this, the effects of easing restrictions have yet to be seen in the current trend of Covid-19 cases in the city.

“But good news for low risk figures and figures atoang karon nga ginatanaw na indicators his ministry of health, nagapakita na siya og minimal risk (the good news is that based on the indicators of the ministry of health, the city ​​has improved from being low risk to minimal risk.) This is a lower classification than low risk, ”she said.

According to data from the Ministry of Health as of November 28, the city of Davao has only registered one new case of Covid-19, bringing the total of active cases to 164.

In addition to mass gatherings and failure to follow health protocols, Duterte-Carpio also took into account the waning effect of vaccines and the emergence of highly infectious variants as causes of a new wave of Covid-19 cases in the city.

On Saturday, November 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) named the new variant of the coronavirus B.1.1.529 as Omicron, which was reported in South Africa.

Omicron has been declared as a variant of concern, which is more contagious than the Delta variant.

The mayor said it is possible that the new variant will enter Davao City soon.

Duterte-Carpio urged the public to avoid going to crowded places and confined spaces. She said that if possible, the public should hold their gatherings in an open space.

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