Mayor Climaco renews call for heightened measures amid Covid-19 cases surge


Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has reiterated her order for the enforcement of enhanced preventive measures similar to Davao City due to sudden surge in coronavirus disease cases.

The local chief executive said the measures which include the RT-PCR requirement for travelers were approved by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) since previous pattern showed two-week period to mimic increase of Covid cases in the National Capital Region and its neighboring provinces where the record-breaking spike is noted.

As of March 31, Covid-19 active cases in Zamboanga City increased to 105 from the previous 92, based on the Covid-19 Data Tracker. Confirmed Covid-19 cases totaled 4,351 with 4,052 recoveries and 194 mortalities.

City health authorities have observed that most of the cases come from the community and from among authorized persons outside residence or APOR, Climaco said.

The mayor has issued Executive Orders Nos. 645, 646 and 647 in response to the sudden rise in Covid-19 cases in the city.

EO 645 covers updated guidelines for all social events and similar gatherings, EO 646 provides guidelines for interzonal and intrazonal movement of persons or the no swab no entry policy from April 1-30 and EO 647 orders the temporary closure of all beaches, beach resorts, inland water resorts, establishments with pools and other similar establishments from April 2-11.