Fri. May 27th, 2022

Malacañang on Wednesday enjoined local government units (LGUs) to impose granular or localized lockdowns in areas with an uptick in Covid-19 cases to prevent infections from again reaching an alarming level.


Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) are concerned about the surge in infections, noting LGUs should step up in efforts to control the movement of people.

“Of course, we are getting worried, and we should! That is why our appeal is (sad) LGUs please enforce. If there is a rise in cases, granular lockdown. Granular lockdowns should not be erased from the equation,” he said in a Palace press briefing in Filipino.

Nograles emphasized that it is the “responsibility” of LGUs to impose granular lockdowns, especially in areas where there is a “clustering of cases.”

He said granular lockdowns can be done on a household level, street level, purok (district) level, community level, and/or barangay level.

“Don’t forget that, let’s not allow this to get any worse,” he added in Filipino.

He, however, also reminded the public that controlling the spread of Covid-19 is also everyone’s responsibility.

“The responsibility should not just lie on the government or LGU, it also lies on all of us. It is a shared responsibility of all. Self-policing among yourselves, in your family, in your community, in your barangay, all of us, let’s not put our efforts to waste,” he said partly in Filipino.

Nograles said the public should continue adhering to minimum public health standards.

Citing reports of crowding in public spaces, Nograles said people should not be too complacent.

With the announcement of new alert levels for January 1 to 15, 2022 set this week, Nograles said the President has the discretion to elevate the status if needed.

The entire country is currently under Alert Level 2 where most activities are allowed at a 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and at 70 percent outdoor venue capacity.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines’ Covid-19 cases jumped to 889, bringing the total number of cases to over 2.8 million.

In a Viber message to reporters, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Covid-19 cases are expected to increase due to holiday-related mobility.

She said the uptick in the number of infections is also caused by reduced compliance to the minimum public health standards apart from increased mobility.

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