THE local Inter-Agency Task Force coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has warned the public to strictly adhere to health and safety protocols to avoid sanctions under Ordinance 532, as amended by Ordinance 535 otherwise known as the Covid-19 Emergency Ordinance.
The local IATF issued this as the City Health Office revealed that community transmission is the main cause of a spike in Covid-19 cases in Zamboanga City.
Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite of the City Health Office said there are 2,472 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the city with 1,572 recorded recoveries and 103 mortalities, as of October 19.
Miravite said that of the total, 797 are active cases, of which 735 are acquired through community transmission.
“Protect yourself the best way you can. Stay home, if possible,” the task force said in its advisory.
The task force said if it is inevitable to stay home, they should do the following: wear face mask properly;
wash hands often with soap and water or with alcohol; and stay at least one meter apart from others.
“These are simple steps, but they are very important because they protect you, your family, our community and our city. If everyone is taking care, we can beat Covid together,” the task force said.
Violators of the ordinance shall be penalized by imprisonment ranging from six months to one year, at the discretion of the court, and a fine of PHP5,000. (SunStar Zamboanga)