The reopening of cinemas and arcades in Metro Manila has been deferred anew amid the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the metropolis.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Jr. told a national daily late on Saturday night that the Metro Manila Council (MMC) made that decision after a four-hour meeting with the Department of Health (DoH). The MMC is the policy-making body of the MMDA composed of the mayors of the metropolis.
He said a resolution is being drafted on the suspension of the opening of cinemas and arcades that may last for three to four weeks, and that would depend on how Metro Manila would manage the “alarming and extraordinary” surge in Covid-19 cases.
The Metro Manila mayors made the decision to defer the opening of cinemas and arcades after Octa Research sounded the alarm on the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the metropolis. The research group said virus cases in Metro Manila averaged of 900 daily in the past week, which was 50 percent higher than what was reported from February 19 to 25, and 119 percent higher from two weeks ago.
It said that the surge in Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila might have been from a “new and more contagious and lethal variants that could overwhelm the region if left unabated in the next few weeks,” but added this needs to be confirmed by genome sequencing. SOVEREIGNPH