Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she will abide by the decision of the national government in placing the city under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to prevent further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Prior to the decision of the national government, through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), Duterte-Carpio was supposed to adopt the less-restrictive modified community quarantine (MCQ) starting April 27 after her initial declaration of ECQ in the city expires on April 25.
The IATF classified Davao City as one of the “high-risk” areas outside Luzon due to high number of COVID-19 cases, thus, ECQ will be implemented until May 15.
“We cannot go on MCQ on Monday because the IATF nag pagawas og announcement (We cannot go against the classification of the national government sa area),” the mayor said.
She said nothing will change under the extended ECQ in the city.
“Kung unsa ang nahitabo sa enhanced community quarantine mao gihapon ang mahitabo sa atoa. Wala gihapon mass transportation, work from home gihapon kasagaran and naa gihapon FM Pass (Food and Medicine Pass),” she said.
Duterte-Carpio reiterated her call for the Dabawenyos to stay home because the city is still facing the COVID-19 crisis.
As of 8 a.m. of April 23, the city has 33 positive COVID-19 cases, 49 recoveries, and 18 deaths.