Moreno: People cooperation, not lockdowns can stop COVID-19


It’s the people’s cooperation, and not a government-enforced lockdown can stop the spread of coronavirus, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno reiterated on Thursday, October 15.

“As I’ve been saying repeatedly, no matter what the government does (and it has done a lot) it cannot solve the problem alone,” Mayor Moreno said during Thursday noon’s press briefing.

“It is only through each individual and collective effort in strictly complying with minimum public health standards that we can hope to overcome the pandemic,” he added.


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City Epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya cited a statement by Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization (WHO) special envoy on COVID-19, who said they don’t advocate “lockdowns as a primary means of control of the coronavirus.”

“By and large, we’d rather not do (advocate) it,” Nabarro said.

“To suppress (COVID-19) outbreaks fast, we need three things: a well-organized localized health services which prioritize among other things testing, contact tracing, and isolation; second, localized involvement (of stakeholders) to deal with localized spikes; and third, levelling with people ‘to pull together’ and comply with minimum health protocols,” Dr. Nabarro explained in an interview with Andrew O’Neil at SpectatorTV.

Dr. Retuya pointed to Cebu, whose COVID-19 cases went down but didn’t end even after enduring a prolonged lockdown imposed by the national government.

“The lockdown won’t end the COVID-19 cases until the public cooperates and complies with minimum health protocols,” Dr. Retuya said.

As of 10 PM, October 14, Cagayan de Oro City recorded 17 new cases including one death and three health workers infected, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.

“The city recorded a cumulative total of 1,139 confirmed cases so far of which 359 are active or ongoing cases or about 31.51 percent of the total number of cases,” she reported.

Despite this, Mayor Moreno said the city government will still find ways to contain and stop the spread of COVID-19 cases without resorting to a lockdown.

“God forbid if we allow the situation to worsen, everyone will suffer. We solve the problem without a lockdown by complying with health protocols,” Mayor Moreno said.

—(Source: City Information Office)