Duterte: Return to lockdown a possibility if new COVID variant spreads in PH
Self-Discipline or Lockdown?
Many people are furious of Health Secretary Francisco Duque’s take. He said that a travel ban is necessary only when there’s community infection already. His comment comes as the new coronavirus variant hits the UK and Europe. However, the President warns Filipinos that to reimpose strict lockdown measures is “a possibility.” He also admits that some of his PSG men already got the vaccine.
Self Isolation is Better than Lockdown
The festivities of the holidays tempt Filipinos to gather together. However, these close-knit events with family and friends are the culprits for the infection surge overseas. They are immediately put into an emergency lockdown. So, voluntary self isolation is ideal. This way, the people can take turns in doing errands. Thus, avoiding crowds. Wise discretion is a must.
Covid-19 Vaccines with EUA
There are reports that some frontliners already had vaccines. The President admits this. These products have emergency use permit. The EUA is from their original country,” said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. So, the government does not require FDA certificate for these volunteers. It’s import may also follow an emergency protocol. Besides, there’s no law that goes against suicide. If they are willing, that should not complicate things, Año implied. To justify import laws for prevention is understandable.
YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores VM Mike Rama: Cebu City is One with the Governor’s Directive on Lockdown
Cebu City is One with the Province
Cebu City Vice Mayor Mike Rama clarifies that the mayor supports the lockdown directive of Gov. Gwen Garcia. He recognizes the governor as the leader for the One Cebu’s Coronavirus fight as indicated in their Executive Order. The mayor of the city, Edgar Labella signed it.
Martial Law-Like Lockdown Preferred
Vice Mayor Rama stresses in the beginning that he is in line with the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte. In fact he said that if Cebu is serious in putting a halt into the pandemic very soon, they must impose the Matial Law-like lockdown as soon as possible.
Cebu Mayors’ Emergency Meeting
All the mayors agreed that their respective local Executive Orders will be revised by today. Only employees from selected government offices, frontliners and essential businesses for supermarket, medicine, and banking sectors can pass through the borders to and from the capital to other cities of the province. Other food outlets like bakeries and pizza parlors must provide staff quarters for their employees in Cebu City. The meeting was on April 17,2020. Implimentations should start immediately the day after. The reciprocity agreement certifies this enhancement.
YouTube video by Elena Grace Flores Gov. Gwen Garcia: Not a Lockdown (But a Lockin?)
Not a Lockdown
Governor Gwen Garcia said that the travel restriction is not a lockdown. The people can still travel out of the province — they just cannot go back in. So, categorically, it’s a lockin. She added that the provincial government is still awaits for new guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infection Diseases before taking any action on international flights.
The Military is in Full Force
The Central Visayas police will monitor the boundaries of Cebu. Central Visayas police chief BGen. Albert Ferro assures that they have enough policemen to deploy at all seaports and at the airport.
No Confirmed Coronavirus Cases but Many are Under Observation
Of the 52 persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 in Central Visayas, 37 are in Mandaue City. This is the report of the regional health officials last March 12 yet. The Department of Health in Central Visayas said the 37 persons who were exhibiting flu-like symptoms, are a mix of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), foreign tourists, and those who had no history of travel abroad. The OFWs exhibited symptoms after coming back to the Philippines from countries with COVID-19 cases. Is it possible that there are no confirmed cases because there are no testing kits available yet?