ILOILO CITY – Local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas are reminded to discourage the holding of mass gatherings, including festivities, until further notice.
Department of the Interior and Local Government regional director for Western Visayas Juan Jovian E. Ingeniero, who is also chair of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF), said in a memorandum released on Monday that gatherings are “those super spreader events resulting from the influx of non-residents to a specific locality”.
He said they have been receiving “numerous requests” for the conduct of activities that would require mass gathering and participation of residents from other localities.
“While Western Visayas Joint RIATF-RTF (Regional Task Force) respects the local autonomy of the LGUs, the conduct of activities that pose as a possible concern, especially during the Covid-19 (coronavirus diseases 2019) pandemic is highly discouraged,” he said.
In addition, the RIATF chair directed LGUs to remind their constituents to observe the minimum health protocols and enforce existing ordinances covering the implementation of these protocols, to include its penal provisions.
The region’s provinces and highly urbanized cities are currently under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical officer of the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD), during the Monday episode of the virtual “Isyung Bakuna” program said there is still no room for complacency as the region’s Covid-19 cases are on the uptrend.
“For Western Visayas, though there is a slow decrease in the number of cases, some areas showed moderate risks,” she said, adding that Aklan, Capiz, Bacolod City and Iloilo City are at moderate risks.
The level of risk classification is determined by the growth in cases and average daily attack rate per 1,000 population.
As of May 9, the region has 38,357 total cumulative cases of Covid-19 with 5,212 active cases, 32,201 recoveries and 938 deaths.
There is a variance of six in the total number of cases as there were those who were recorded as positive cases and have died but their deaths were due to other causes and not related to Covid-19, the DOH WV CHD explained.
“As cases remain high with some signs of slowing down in growth, we should continue and further intensify our efforts in messaging and promoting adherence to our minimum public health standard and addressing vaccine hesitancy,” Te said. (PNA)
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