DAVAO CITY – With the surge of COVID-19 cases in Manila and Cebu, Mayor Sara Duterte has reminded the Dabawenyos not to accept visitors coming from the said places ‘yet’.
In a radio interview Monday, she reiterated that with the high incidence rate of COVID cases in said cities, it could possibly enter in Davao and might cause another surge of cases here.
“If you can recall, during the time that the cases there are declining, here in Davao, we had a surge of cases,” she said.
Apart from that she reminded the Dabawenyos on the mandatory wearing of face masks and to strictly follow the health protocols as it is the most basic weapon against COVID-19.
“The wearing of a mask is basic in this time of the pandemic, because the virus is present in the saliva. So when it is inhaled, another person will be infected. We should not spread the virus and we should not be infected so we need to cover our mouth and nose,” Duterte said.
She also reminded Dabawenyos to follow the other basic health protocols which are physical distancing and frequent proper handwashing with soap and water.
Ordinance No. 0307-20 or the Face Mask Ordinance took effect on July 23, 2020, and was amended through Ordinance No. 0416-20 to strengthen the enforcement of the ordinance at the barangay level.
Section 3 of the ordinance states that all persons shall, at all times, wear face masks in public places during the Community Quarantine and/or until after the State of Public Health Emergency is lifted as part of the precautionary and safety measures adopted by the City Government against COVID-19 to control and prevent the transmission of such infectious disease.
The Davao City government also gives out face masks and face shields, especially those who cannot afford to buy them for daily use, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in the barangays.