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Vice El Cid: Numbers are good but don’t expect normal soon

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The numbers on COVID19-related cases look “good” two weeks after the first phase of the Enhanced Community Quarantine went up over the city but the chair of the COVID inter-agency task force, Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, said complacency is the enemy in the fight against the virus.

Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force chair, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan
Bacolod Inter-Agency Task Force chair, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan

“We have to be strict with our borders, especially the entry of people from other places,” Familiaran told DNX as the second phase of the ECQ, expected to last until end of April, started here.

Familiaran also noted that since 5 April until today, 20 April, no new confirmed cases have been reported.

There were still, however, suspected and probable cases until 14 April, according to data obtained by DNX from the City Health Office. (READ: SPECIAL REPORT: Is the curve flattening? A look at the numbers after two weeks of ECQ in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental)

Familiaran added the total ban on the use of home quarantine passes on Sunday proved to be an effective measure in keeping people inside their homes.

He said Mayor Evelio Leonardia could consider imposing it until the end of the ECQ period.

The IATF chief warned, however, that there could be bigger challenges ahead, especially after the ECQ is lifted.

“The danger increases when people move around again,” he said.

For more details, watch the full interview by DNX Executive Editor Julius D. Mariveles with Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran in the video below.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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