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Mayor Honey urges continued health protocols amid continued rise in covid cases

Honey Lacuna facemask
Mayor Honey Lacuna continues to wear her facemask specially when attending events that are held indoors and quite crowded. (JERRY S. TAN)

“Continue wearing your facemasks especially when indoors, observe physical distancing and regular washing your hands.”

This was the reminder issued by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna to all residents, specially those working indoors, despite the recent declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) ending the global emergency status for COVID-19, more than three years after its original declaration of a worldwide pandemic.

“Isang paalala lang po sa ating lahat. Bagamat wala na pong state of public health emergency na idineklara ng World Health Organization, patuloy pa rin po nating hinihikayat ang lahat, na patuloy nating sundin ang minimum public health protocols,” the mayor said.

Lacuna made special mention of those working within the offices in Manila City Hall, who deal with walk-in individuals on a daily basis.

Apart from the usual protocols of wearing facemasks, physical distancing and regular handwashing, the mayor also called on the city employees to avoid eating altogether as this also paves the way for sure transmission.

“Alam ko po, sabik na sabik kayo sa inyong mga kasamahan pero kung kaya naman ninyo, magsolo muna sa pagkain muli,” she said.

The mayor stressed that while the state of public health emergency had been lifted, the number of people getting infected with COVID-19 in Manila continues to go up.

“Patuloy ang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID dito sa ating lungsod,” Lacuna said, citing figures being forwarded to her office by various concerned city offices and hospitals.

She noted that the number of those infected is based only on those who take the RT-PCR tests and does not even include those who just use the antigen tests.

Lacuna also urged the city hall employees who have not completed their primary and booster shots to go to the city government employees’ clinic (CGEC) and have themselves vaccinated for their own protection.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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