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Mayor Sara orders contact tracing of grand wedding attendees after guest tested positive for Covid-19

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the contact tracing of those people present during the grand wedding of the scions of two well-known families in the city after one of the guests later tested positive of the deadly coronavirus.

The local chief executive also said that cases may be filed against the families for alleged violation of the laws.

Under Section 5 and 7 of Executive Order No. 25 issued by Duterte-Carpio on April 17, 2020, private parties to mark personal or family milestones should be kept low and modest with no more than 25 guests. It also states that the city government can file actions based on Article 25 of the Civil Code and other pertinent laws in cases of thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display.

Duterte-Carpio reminded Dabawenyos, regardless if they are rich or poor, famous, or ordinary citizens, to heed the government’s advice to keep family gatherings a low-key affair.

“The rich think they know everything, that they are above the law because they have money. So the party happened, guess what? Someone tested positive. Now, we do contact tracing which should not happen,” she said.

Contact tracing follows case investigation and is a process to identify, monitor, and support individuals who may have been exposed to a person with the highly-infectious Covid-19.

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