With the rising number of local cases, both Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao are at real risk of being locked down, Mayor Oscar Moreno warned on Wednesday, October 14.
“That’s why we are disclosing these numbers every day for all of us in the city and in northern Mindanao to realize that the local cases every day and all of us must do something about it,” Moreno said, referring to the Department of Health (DOH) data.
According to DOH, Northern Mindanao is overshadowing the Davao Region in the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases by 3,727 to 3,679, respectively.
During Wednesday noon’s press briefing, Mayor Moreno also disclosed DOH data showing that Misamis Oriental’s local COVID-19 cases now outnumbered its cases of returning Misamisnons by 61.19 percent to 38.81 percent respectively. Iligan City still leads Northern Mindanao with most local cases than arrivals by 86.59 percent to 13.41 percent a month after it fell under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Cagayan de Oro City’s local cases outnumbered its arrivals by 69.42 percent to 30.58 percent as of 10 PM, October 13, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.
The city also recorded 26 new confirmed cases: eight local indexes, eight authorized persons outside residence (APORs), eight epidemiological link cases, and three persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
“As of October 13, Cagayan de Oro City recorded 1,122 cumulative confirmed cases of which 350 are active or ongoing cases, 50 have died and 722 recovered from the virus,’ Dr. Nery said. Despite these numbers, Mayor Moreno is adamant that the city and its neighbours should adopt a united, regionwide front in the campaign against COVID-19,” Moreno said.
“Again, the number one victim of the lockdown would be the minimum daily wage earner and those relying on public transportation to work. Nearly everything is shut down and this debate over lockdown is raging everywhere around the world. How far can you go without going on lockdown or what would warrant the enforcement of a lockdown?,” Mayor Moreno said.
With a cure and vaccine to the virus still under development, Mayor Moreno said the bottom-line solution to stopping the virus and hastening the city’s recoveries and the rest of northern Mindanao is always public compliance to minimum health protocols.
—(Source: City Information Office)