DAVAO CITY – A Davao City-wide lockdown will not be implemented despite the recent spike in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases here, Mayor Sara Duterte said on Monday.

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Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

In her interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5), Duterte refuted a post circulating on Facebook, claiming that the local government was set to issue a guideline on October 28 for the supposed implementation of a city-wide lockdown from October 29 to November 4.

“The information circulating on the city-wide lockdown is false. Of course, we have lockdowns – barangay, purok, compound, and house lockdowns. We have that, but for a Davao City-wide lockdown, there’s no such move from the city government,” she said.

As of October 26, the mayor said the local government placed 82 houses and an office building on lockdown.

The local chief executive appealed to the public to avoid spreading “unverified” information and to check the sources of the alleged “announcements,” unless issued by the official social media accounts of the local government and released through the media outlets.

“If it is a city government announcement, it has to be shared through an official city government account. Make sure that before you make a post, your information is verified, meaning you have already asked the person if what he posts is real. Otherwise, you will also be purveyors of disinformation or incorrect or false statements,” she said.

The Department of Health (DOH)-Davao reported 134 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 4,764 with 1,154 active cases, 3,444 recoveries, and 166 deaths.

Of this total, 3,228 were reported in Davao City, 280 in Davao de Oro, 512 in Davao del Norte, 330 in Davao del Norte, 96 in Davao Occidental, and 318 in Davao Oriental.

Duterte said the local government has classified Barangays 4-A, 16-B, 22-C, 25-C, and Leon Garcia as “very high risk”, and warned Dabawenyos to refrain from going there due to the high number of confirmed positives from these areas.

She said the strategy of the local health authorities in responding to COVID-19 outbreak was based on its “test, trace, and treat” strategy.

She said the local health authorities were testing not only suspected patients, but also the persons who came in direct contact with both confirmed COVID-19 cases and their close contacts.

“We test the individuals who must be tested according to the guidelines of DOH and doctors, including the close contacts and ‘close contacts’ of their close contacts – we call them F1 and F2,” she said.

Duterte reimposed curfew and liquor ban from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. last October 15, and ending on December 31, to control the movement of the public for “non-essential” activities.

Last October 23, the local government here also released Executive Order 56, for the adoption of “other alternative work arrangement” (OAWA) or a combination of the skeleton workforce, work-from-home, and staggered working hours, in public and private offices until the end of this year.

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