The Department of Health (DOH) urged the different local government units (LGUs) to implement granular lockdowns in their respective jurisdiction if they observe a spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in their areas.
Although the DOH noted a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases nationwide, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said it is imperative to maintain the gains they have already made.
“Ngayon bumalik na tayo sa GCQ (general community quarantine), kinakailangan muling ipatupad ng mga lokal na pamahalaan ang granular or localized lockdowns upang mapigilan na ang pagkalat ng mga kaso simula pa lamang sa ating mga barangay (Now that we are back to GCQ, local governments need to implement granular or localized lockdowns to prevent the spread of cases starting off in our barangays),” said Duque during the televised Cabinet meeting aired on Tuesday, May 18.
In his report, Duque said that fresh coronavirus cases in Metro Manila are continuously decreasing. He noted that the average daily attack rate (ADAR) of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila from April 4 to 17, which was the peak of infections, was 34 cases for every 100,000 individuals as compared to 13.44 cases per 100,000 population from May 2 to 15.
Meanwhile, the DOH observed a spike in the number of cases in some areas of Visayas and Mindanao.
Duque noted an increase of COVID-19 cases in Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas, Mimaropa, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Davao region, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
“Sa kabuuan, patuloy na bumubuti ang lagay ng NCR Plus. Sa kabilang banda, hinihikayat natin ang mga LGUs sa Visayas at Mindanao na mahigpit na magpatupad ng kanilang granular or localized lockdowns upang mapuksa ang nakikitang pagtaas ng mga kaso dito sa mga naturang lugar (Overall, the situation in NCR Plus continues to improve. On the other hand, we encourage LGUs in Visayas and Mindanao to strictly enforce granular or localized lockdowns to contain the spike in cases in their areas),” he said.
The Health chief also reminded the LGUs to strictly implement the various basic health protocols.
“Ngayong tumataas na ang mobility ng ating mga kababayan kasabay ng ating mga pagluluwag dapat maging strikto ng pagpapatupad ng ating minimum public health standards ng mga local na pamahalaan, work spaces, at mga commercial establishments (Now that the mobility of our countrymen is increasing, we must be strict in enforcing our minimum public health standards in work spaces and commercial establishments),” said Duque.