By Armando Fenequito Jr.
DAVAO CITY — The whole Davao Region might be put on a two-month lockdown to intensify the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This was the opinion given by Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte after a couple was found positive of COVID-19, and is now reportedly admitted at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
In an interview with 87.5 Davao City Disaster Radio on Saturday, Duterte said the duration of community quarantine will depend on the behavior of the people.
“Pwede siya mo abot up to two months ang lockdown. Nag ingon man gud ang doctor nga ang pag-spread sa virus depende sa batasan mga tao (The lockdown night reach to two months. The doctor told me that the possibility of virus spread will depend on the behavior of the people),” she said.
She said the state of calamity declared by President Duterte was for six months, so it was possible that the region could be placed in a longer period of lockdown.
“Kung mosunod sila [sa ilahang ginasult] nga kita tana magpuyo lang sulod sa balay, ang mogawas lang kay katong magtrabaho lang and katong trabahante nga mo byahe they will protect themselves (If the people will follow what the doctor said that they should stay in their houses, the persons will go out are those who are working and if they travel they must wear protection such as facemask),” Duterte added.
The mayor said the people should also practice disinfection by constant hand washing if they do not have alcohol just to prevent the spread of the virus.
“If all people will follow what the doctor advised, it will shorten the period of quarantine since the germs have already prevented to infect people,” Duterte pointed out.
“Ang success of our quarantine will depend on the compliance of the people. Which, they understand that we need to cut the strain of the disease,” she said.
The mayor said people should not panic because if they follow what the city government told them, they will help to fight the spread of the virus.
Duterte said she will ask the Department of Health (DOH) if the mode of transmission of the couple was now due to community transmission.
This, because, the team of infectious disease specialists she consulted with had told her that, if two positive cases due to community transmission will be recorded, there should be an automatic lockdown.