ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 29 (PIA) - Mayor Beng Climaco is asking the national government to allow the city to maintain its general community quarantine (GCQ) status after June 30 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city.
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce the decision tomorrow (June 30).
During the Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar this morning (June 29), Mayor Climaco said that local health officials and the city's COVID-19 task force are in agreement that the GCQ should be extended here.
"But we will comply with the IATF's decision," she said, should the task force decide otherwise.
During the network briefing, COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez explained that recommendations from the city government will be considered before the IATF will make a final decision whether or not to extend the GCQ in the city.
"The city is the center of commerce in the region, and as such is geographically vulnerable to the transmission of disease," Secretary Galvez admits. "But despite of the immediate spike [in COVID-19 cases], the city was able to contain the spread. But we cannot be over-confident, we must take pro-active action."
In the past few weeks, the city has been receiving locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) via air, land and sea. Still, as per press statement from the office of COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, 5,300 repatriated Filipinos from Sabah, Malaysia are expected to return to the country via Zamboanga City as disembarkation point. Preparations to ensure their safety and that of the communities are being finalized to prevent any further spread of the virus.
On June 26, 6 new cases emerged. On the following day (June 27), 11 new cases were tallied. Yesterday (June 28), one new case, this time of an 8-month-old infant male was recorded. The new cases, the city government reports include local community transmissions and persons given liberty. The city's task force reported that all patients are in stable condition.
As of yesterday, total cumulative COVID-19 cases in the city have reached 214.
Meanwhile, recoveries have also been on the rise. As of June 26, the task force reported 22 new recoveries. Total cumulative recoveries are at 172, as of the June 26 COVID-19 recovery bulletin.
Nevertheless, Secretary Galvez is reminding Zamboanguenos to exercise caution and never let their guard down.
"This time, the front liners are the families themselves, everyone. We have to be self-aware and protect ourselves and our families," Secretary Galvez said.
On the other hand, Mayor Climaco reminded residents to be extra vigilant in their communities. "Report presence of people who arrived in the city from other areas. This will be very helpful in contact tracing," she said. (NBE/DIS/PIA9-ZAMSULTA)