IATF wants Davao City to revert to GCQ: Mayor Sara

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The National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is reportedly set to revert the entire Davao City to general community quarantine (GCQ) from the current modified GCQ on July 15.

Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte said they will appeal the reversion “because there is a remedy allowed for the local government units provided that we can comply with the data needed by the IATF.”

She said the IATF decision could be attributed to the rising Covid-19 cases in their city due to the “disobedience” by some Dabawenyos in following heath protocols prescribed by authorities.

“The action of one person will greatly affect the entire city. For example, if we have 10 people who will not follow the health protocols and will be infected, it will really create a ripple effect,” she admitted.

She said latest data from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) show the city has 162 active positive cases – its highest since the Covid-19 outbreak started in March this year. Its number of recoveries stands at 38, and deaths at 35.

“For the past four days, we have noted an increasing rate of positive cases. This is expected and we can attribute the increase due to local transmission, the return of locally stranded individuals (LSIs), and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs),” Duterte said.

She urged the Dabawenyos to revisit the July 2 version of the IATF Omnibus Guidelines for guidance, and reiterated her call for them to stay home, wear a facemask, practice physical distancing, and wash hands regularly to prevent the spread of the disease.

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