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Año: Placing the city under GCQ possible

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año has not discounted the possibility of placing the city in a stricter quarantine program because of the increasing coronavirus cases.

In a text message to the TIMES Thursday night, Año, a member of the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, said the move to place the city under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be dependent on developments.

“Because the number of cases in Davao City is increasing, you might be placed under GCQ,” he said, although he added that this will be dependent on the final assessment of the Inter-agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID).

“Matindi na ang covid cases talaga dyan .Kailangan  mabantayan ng gusto,” he added, pointing out that placing the city under GCQ would help in curb the spread of the virus.

He urged the public to adhere to minimum health protocols as part of their contribution in slowing down the spread of the virus.  “Hanggat maari stay lang sa bahay Kung Wala namang importanteng gawin sa labas,” he added.

On Thursday, a group of physicians asked the city government to place the city under stricter quarantine protocols, but Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said the request should be directed at the regional and national task forces as they are the ones that can address the issue.

The city government has placed key measures in curbing the spread of the virus, including the reimposition of the curfew and liquor ban. It has also started implementing the Safe Davao Quick Response code program that it is scheduled to implement on November 23.

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