DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said she has directed law enforcers, security guards and other front-liners to practice the “no-touch” rule on food and medicine passes at checkpoints and establishments.

Duterte said Friday she was concerned about the possibility of front-liners contracting the deadly 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from food and medicine passes used by residents amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“We‘d like to remind our front-liners at the checkpoints, and the security guards of our establishments, do not hold the FM (food and medicine) passes of the people because this can possibly transmit the virus,” she said.

She also called on civilians not to let anyone touch their FM passes, and instead present the passes at eye-level to the authorities during the inspection.

Duterte also advised the public not to touch anything outside their homes.

“Clench your fists so you won’t forget that you must not touch anything anywhere,” she said.

Mayor Sara cited the recent statements from health experts that viral transmission is not only through droplets from an infected person but also through coming in contact with objects touched by the infected person.

Meanwhile, the city government has limited the use of the FM passes under the number-coding scheme effective April 18.

A directive from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) provides that control numbers starting with odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are only allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Those with control numbers starting with the even numbers 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are only allowed to go out on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

DCPO also clarified that FM passes cannot be used on Sundays, which means nobody will be allowed to go out of their houses except for emergency cases. (PNA)

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