MAYOR Oscar Moreno said Wednesday, September 9, that Cagayan de Oro does not need to be placed under lockdown despite the continued increase in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the city.
"People are already taking about nga basin mag-lockdown. Sa pagkakaron, dili man kinahanglan kay kaya pa man," Moreno said.
As of September 8, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro is 397, of which 131 are local cases and 266 are returning overseas Filipino workers (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
According to Moreno, Cagayan de Oro is not alone in experiencing a surge in local cases, citing Misamis Oriental, Iligan City and Lanao del Norte.
He said the public should change their behavior and adopt the minimum health safety protocols and not wait for the city to strain its resources beyond its limits.
"What will lockdown entail? Mga transportation wala na, sirado na tanan, bisan merkado, wala nay activity. Is that what you want?" Moreno said.
"The people themselves must embrace the minimum public health standards as the answer aning virus," he added.
Cagayan de Oro has recorded 130 active cases, five of whom are admitted to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, 73 are outpatients and 52 are ROFs/LSIs.
The total number of recoveries in the city is 255, while the number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 12, as of September 8.