Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said lockdowns remain an option for the city government, especially if an area registers more coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, despite shifting to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Saturday, May 16.
This as the Davao City government is preparing for the possible surge in cases of Covid-19 with the easing up of restrictions under GCQ, the local chief executive said.
“Apil na siya sa atoang pillars (lockdowns) if you can remember mao na siya atong gina pangandaman during sa ECQ. Remember naa didto sa atoang isolate (guideline) ang three types of lockdown diri. The house lockdown, street lockdown, and compound lockdowns,” she said.
Under GCQ, Duterte-Carpio said more people are allowed outside of their homes, thus, the possibility of more coronavirus infections.
But she said the city government is preparing for this, such as increasing the number of isolation facilities and even helping hospitals acquire permits to do Covid-19 testing.
As of May 15, there were a total of 503 beds in 11 of the city’s different partner facilities, such as Queensland, RMC Petro Gazz Arena.
“Sa pagka karon we have 503 beds across 11 facilities. Katong ika 12 facility nato is bago lang sila nag inspections,” she said.
Aside from this, four private hospitals are also tapped by the city government to accommodate Covid-19 cases in the event the capacity of the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) to accept is exhausted.