The number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in San Juan City has increased this holiday season, Mayor Francis Zamora said Monday.
Zamora noted an increase of about 30 COVID-19 cases recently, bringing the total number of active cases in the city to 83 as of December 20.
“We are seeing a little increase [in the number of new COVID-19 cases]. We are now up to 83 active cases in San Juan as of yesterday (December 20),” he said in an interview over CNN Philippines.
However, the mayor said that the city is still capable of managing new recorded infections and preventing more people from getting infected with the virus.
“I am not alarmed by this number because we have been hovering within 50 to 60 [active cases] in the past months, so an increase of about 20 to 30 [new cases] at this point is still very manageable,” he added.
Zamora said the city has expected the surge in the number of new COVID-19 infections as more people go out of their residence this Christmas season.
“It is really expected [that the cases will rise] because it’s the holiday season. So the best that we could do is really mitigate this,” he said.
“Make sure it doesn’t go up to a very alarming number and all health and safety protocols here in San Juan are in place,” he added.
This year, the local government has banned the holding of grand Christmas parties to avoid the mass gathering of people. The city will also do away with its New Year’s celebration.
As for the traditional “Simbang Gabi” or dawn masses, churches are only allowed to let in people within its 30 percent capacity.
Moreover, the local government has been conducting targeted mass testing of residents to quickly isolate those infected with the virus and curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Localized lockdown was also imposed in communities, or even compounds, buildings, condominiums, or villages that have high number of COVID-19 infections.
The mayor noted that no city-wide lockdown will be imposed in San Juan this Yuletide season.
“I pray that we will not have to do this [lockdown]. If you’re talking about a city-wide lockdown at this point, that will be highly unlikely,” Zamora said.