Friday, September 24, 2021

Briones: Moving on

On the go

THE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to hold the country hostage more than eight months since it arrived on our shores.

While the number of cases continues to grow – it’s now past the 400,000-mark – the death toll remains relatively low.

For a country with a population of more than 100 million, the disease has claimed a little over 8,000 lives.

Now you do the math. That’s not even .001 percent of the total number of inhabitants in the archipelago.

I’m not saying I want more people to die. Of course not.

But back in August, some quarters were already questioning the low number of fatalities despite the rise in infections around the world. Some scientists believed Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, has become less deadly, but others believe there are other factors at work.

Of course, there have been spikes in cases in different parts of the world where they let their guard down but we’ve known for quite some time now that most people who get the disease only experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

I know I may sound callous, especially to people who have lost their loved ones to Covid-19. That is not my intention. I don’t mean any disrespect at all.

But let’s look at the current situation in Cebu City.

Traffic is back. More people are up and about. Things appear to be slowly going back to normal what with Christmas just right around the corner. I think it’s safe to say that majority of residents not only want to move on, but they also want to enjoy the season.

The people are not blind, you know. Many have access to the internet. They see what’s going on in places that have been devastated by the pandemic. Yes, there are noticeable changes. Many go about their daily lives with masks on because the virus is still there. Yet they continue to live.

No mention is made of apprehending violators of curfew and community quarantine protocol or amending laws to increase penalties for these violators.

I mean, why impose such draconian measures in the first place? Those who don’t comply with minimum health standards are few and far between. Some of them may even have a valid reason for doing so.

So go ahead and reprimand them. But detain them and make them pay a fine or force them to render community service?

Seriously, I think the local government has better things to do than treat its citizens like enemies.

For one, it should pat itself in the back for doing a good job in containing the disease and then move on. Oh, and it should also thank the people for cooperating.


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