In an interview on UNTV’s Serbisyong Bayanihan program on Friday, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said he wants more time to assess the data on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to ensure that cases of infection have subsided.
He said that, personally, he wants his city to remain under ECQ for two more weeks despite their improving COVID-19 situation following rigid efforts on mass testing, contact tracing and isolation of positive cases.
Zamora said that aside from establishing quarantine facilities and having their own RT-PCR test machines, they also launched a portal where residents may register if they are experiencing symptoms as part of their intensified information campaign.
“Kung kayo po ay mag-register dito sa SanJuan.staysafe.ph, our computer system will be able to track you, at kung ikaw ay maglabas ng status na nilalagnat kunwari sa araw na ito, tatawagan kayo agad-agad ng city health office,” he said.
As of May 7, San Juan City has 259 confirmed infections, with 37 fatalities and 65 recovered patients.
Zamora said this is the sixth day that the city has not recorded any new COVID-19-related fatality.
He attributed the improvement in San Juan City’s case doubling rate to the collective effort of the local government and the residents who heeded their call to stay home and observe physical distancing measures.
He also said that the city was able to implement stringent measures as the first local transmission of the disease was reported in Greenhills.
Zamora said the public health crisis has adversely affected the city’s economy but he said he would rather wait than reverse the gains of their efforts to contain coronavirus.
Still, he expressed gratitude to Año for considering San Juan City to be placed under GCQ.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, for his part, welcomed Año’s statement but he also expressed his concern over the safety of the public should they be placed under a less stringent form of quarantine.
Gatchalian said they are still conducting targeted aggressive mass testing, contact tracing and isolation of positive cases to arrest the spread of coronavirus.
They are also coordinating with private laboratories to further boost the city’s testing capacity.
As of May 7, Valenzuela City has recorded 132 confirmed coronavirus cases with 8 fatalities and 24 recovered patients.
The Metro Manila Council, composed of mayors in the National Capital Region, earlier said it may recommend to the government another 15-day extension of the ECQ in Metro Manila.
Metro Manila Council chairman, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said they will meet online with Año and MMDA chairman Danilo Lim on Saturday to discuss issues and recommendations on ECQ extension. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)