Saying that the economy matters, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco wants the city to remain under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
Climaco said the local government will just impose lockdown on specific coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hotspots instead of placing the entire city under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the most stringent quarantine level.
She expressed her preference as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) may change the current GCQ level amid the continued spike in COVID-19 cases in the city.
Climaco said City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite has recommended that all areas with confirmed and suspect COVID patients need to be on lockdown to prevent the transmission and further spread of the virus.
The IATF is expected to announce anytime the new quarantine levels in the different parts of the country for August 1 to 15.