DAVAO CITY July 15 (PIA) - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio urged the people to wait for the announcement from the National Interagency Task Force on Emerging and Reemerging Diseases regarding the city's official quarantine status. Either the city will be reverted to general community quarantine or to remain at the current modified general community quarantine until July 30, 2020.
She confirmed appealing to the IATF the recommendation to revert the city to GCQ citing that the city can no longer observe general community quarantine forever since the people have to work to survive.
"Indeed, there is no vaccine for now, but people have to go on with their lives and must learn to cope with the pandemic," Duterte-Carpio said.
She stressed that prevention is a must and it must be realized by the stay at home policy.
Duterte-Carpio pointed out that everyone must plan everything that needs to be done outside the home like buying only the essentials.
She also emphasized the wearing of masks as primary protection to do away from infected droplets of others, social distancing at least two meters away, and frequent handwashing with soap and water.
Duterte-Carpio also underscored that establishments and offices must observe health protocols.
"Offices and business establishments must institute health protocols like putting up barriers between customers and employees. In that way, we can slow down the infection despite the pandemic," she said.
Duterte-Carpio said the city is serious in easing the cases of COVID-19 infection in the city by requiring RT-PCR test before departure by air to Davao City and by instituting the test and wait examination of locally stranded individuals and returning overseas foreign workers in city.
Currently there are 331 admitted by the Southern Philippines Medical Center, with 184 patients confined while 19 persons at Center A, 22 persons at Center B, 29 persons at Center C, 71 persons at Center D and 6 persons at Center E.
She said that currently there are confirmed 207 COVID-19 positive cases, with 382 patients fully recovered and 41 deaths.
Davao City has a total of 630 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in March 15.
Duterte-Carpio said that the COVID-19 has currently afflicted a total of 58 workers: one City Hall employee, a policeman and 56 health workers at the SPMC.
She bared that the City Hall worker got his exposure while working in one of the COVID-19 centers while the policeman got ill after patrolling the streets of Barangay 23-C, a very high-risk area while the 56 health workers got their exposure from tending the COVID-19 patients in the hospital.
"It is the reason why the DCPO has to undergo disinfection now and tomorrow, while swab test is currently done on the co-workers of the policeman," Duterte-Carpio said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)