With the continuing surge of COVID-19 cases, Mark Robin Daguio of the PHO-Apayao Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit said that it is best to impose a moratorium of activities which are not related to the continuing fight against the COVID-19 and those that require mass gathering.
The gathering of large number of individuals in a certain venue is seen as one of the causes of the surge of cases in the province and in the entire Cordillera region. Thus, they are requesting the different local government units, national line agencies and the other offices to temporarily put on hold such activities.
Daguio said that by preventing the mass gatherings and by following all the different minimum public health standards, people will have lesser chances of acquiring the COVID-19.
It was also noted that most of those coming to Apayao have come from areas with high number of COVID-19 cases such as the City of Baguio where most of the regional offices of government agencies are located. He said that there is danger of people coming in to be either infected or could infect people of the COVID-19 as the mandatory swab testing and quarantine of individuals has been lifted by the national government making people move freely and easier.
As of the April 9 data of the PHO, Apayao has recorded a total of 721 COVID-19 confirmed cases with 107 active cases and six deaths.
The province as of April 9 is classified under high risk epidemic risk level. The municipalities of Calanasan, Flora, Luna and Pudtol are under high risk level; Sta. Marcela is placed under critical epidemic risk level; Conner is under moderate risk while Kabugao is classified as low risk.
Daguio reiterated to the YApayaos to follow the health and safety protocols against the COVID-19 such as wearing of facemasks, washing of hands, maintaining social and physical distancing and avoiding crowd drawing places and activities to protect themselves and others. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis