DAVAO CITY – None of the 60 conveners of the “Run, Sara, Run” caravan held in Metro Manila last March 21 – many of whom former and incumbent barangay officials of this city – had tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Sara Duterte here said Monday.
Duterte said during her program over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) Monday that the conveners who arrived here in two batches were subjected to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and quarantined at the Magallanes Elementary School following the protocols of the Department of Health (DOH) for asymptomatic cases.
The caravan in Metro Manila, where COVID-19 cases are at a record-high, was held to urge the lady mayor to join the presidential derby next year to succeed her father President Duterte who will complete his six-year term on June 30, 2022.
She said the first batch of 43 individuals had completed the 10-day mandatory quarantine Monday while the rest either on Thursday or Friday this week. “All of them were tested and none were tested positive of COVID-19,” she said.
Duterte said she hopes that no such political activity will happen again to avoid mass gatherings that may cause the transmission of COVID-19 infection.
“Hopefully, we will no longer see similar activities in the future, particularly political activities, because they gather people. We need to catch and isolate them, use the protocol for asymptomatic cases, and, of course, test them,” she said.