Thu. Jan 21st, 2021
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The city government of Vigan has belied reports the city will be placed under lockdown from December 23, 2020 to January 3, 2021 to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
 
In its official Facebook page, the city government said that it has no intention to implement a lockdown in the entire city on the said dates.
 
“This Christmas Season is not the time to spread unverified or false news as this may cause misinformation, confusion, chaos and panic to the people,” it said in the Facebook post.
 
It added, “We urge everyone to exercise caution and avoid sharing unofficial, unvalidated and unverified reports. People who spread fake news may face penalty or imprisonment for violating the Articles 154 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Section 6 of Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law.”
 
The city government urged the public, especially Bigueños, to follow its Facebook page, Vigan City PH, for official announcements and guidelines.
 
Meanwhile, City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina repeated his warning to everyone to exercise caution in the next coming days as the Holiday Season may bring an unexpected surge in Covid-19 cases.
 
“We reiterate it again: more than ever, we plead – stay in your homes, go out only when necessary, avoid the crowds, wear your masks, practice physical distancing, eat healthy, get enough rest and sleep. The sacrifices you make today will determine what the next year will bring,” Medina said.
 
He added, “The virus knows no holiday. It will kill, it will steal lives. Our best weapon is ourselves in our best health. Be cautious and safe, Bigueño!” SOVEREIGNPH

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