CDO, 13 other areas under MECQ until June 15

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After the surge of COVID-19 cases in CDO, the city is now placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting June 1-15, following the televised “Talk to the People” public address by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on May 31.

CDO is among the 14 cities and provinces in the Philippines placed under the said quarantine level for 15 days, including Santiago City, Cagayan, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Puerto Princesa City, Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur,  Zamboanga del Norte, Butuan City, and Agusan del Sur.

On May 27, CDO Mayor Oscar Moreno called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to elevate the city’s quarantine level to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) due to the worsening number of COVID-19 cases. During Duterte’s “Talk to the People,” the national IATF reviewed the quarantine classification of the region and elevated CDO’s quarantine level from GCQ to MECQ.

From the recorded increase of confirmed local cases in the city, CDO recorded a total of 1,005 in two months, 327 in March and 678 in April. For the month of May alone it rose to 2,682, ranking CDO as the top city in Northern Mindanao with most COVID-19 cases. 

With the heightened quarantine level under MECQ, residents are to follow the public health standards at all times: wearing of face masks and face shields, observance of social or physical distancing, and disinfection through alcohol or frequent hand washing with soap and water when going out.

 Under MECQ, residents are highly encouraged to “stay-at-home.” When outside for any emergency and essential purposes, residents are required to carry their QR code and a valid ID at all times.

 MECQ’s imposed protocols also include the prohibition on any mass gatherings. They are limiting the movement of people to only 30%.

 The significant number of local cases in the city has now stretched its hospital capacity to its limits. With this at hand, Kagay-anons are reminded to remain disciplined and to stay vigilant at all times.C

Danica Armendarez

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