Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned the public of a “second wave” of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) infections as international news agencies report a wave of new cases in the United States and Europe.
Domagoso reminded residents of the capital city to be vigilant at all times, even as the number of active cases in the Philippines are declining.
“Hindi natin minamaliit ang sitwasyon sa Europa, ngunit ginagamit natin yun bilang tanda o paalala na nandiyan pa ang panganib (We are not downgrading the situation in Europe, and are instead using it as a reminder that there is still danger),” he said in a statement issued Tuesday.
“Salamat at hindi nangyayari sa atin yun pero hindi puwedeng ikaila na puwede ulit dumami ang impeksyon kapag tayo naging iresponsable, pag tayo’y nag-relax, kaya dapat maging responsable tayong mga Batang Maynila (I’m thankful that that is not happening to us, but we cannot deny that the number of infections may increase again if we are irresponsible and lax, that is why we Manileños must be responsible),” he added.
The Financial Times, a business newspaper, reported that businesses across Europe are bracing for the impact of a “second wave” as more positive cases are being reported and hospital occupancy is increasing compared to previous months.
Associated Press also reported “record high daily infections in several eastern European countries,” noting that “Europe’s second wave of coronavirus infections has struck well before the flu season even started.”
Business news outlet CNBC reported that 33 states in the US have recorded their “highest daily” coronavirus cases since August.
Domagoso stressed the importance of selflessness and adopting an inclusive approach against the pandemic.
“The only way to defeat this pandemic is simply if we as Manileños and Filipinos work hand in hand in unison responsibly to go and fight this pandemic,” he said.
“Akapin natin ang mga hindi taga Lungsod ng Maynila na dumadako rito upang iraos din nila ang kani-kanilang pamilya sa paghahanap-buhay (Let us embrace even those who do not live in the city of Manila who are here to support their families through their livelihoods). We must not look at ourselves as a city alone. We are a city in a country, in the world which is facing so many challenges with regard to this pandemic,” he added.