Monday, October 18, 2021

Briones: Don’t worry, be happy

On the go

AFTER a few days of uncertainty regarding the quarantine status of Cebu and facing the possibility of being locked down once again to contain the recent rise in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the verdict is out.

Drumroll, please...

By the way, did you know that some government VIPs have already been vaccinated, including broadcaster Ramon Tulfo, President Duterte’s special envoy to China, who insisted there was no conflict of interest when he got himself injected with a vaccine smuggled in from that country in October because he was interested in applying for distributorship in the Philippines and wanted to know how well it worked?

Continued drumroll...

Did you hear what happened to Samantha Sabilla the other day? She had gone to the manmade forest in Camp 7 in the southern town of Minglanilla that morning to take some photos. When she returned to Cebu City, she had unwittingly brought a hitchhiker. I could just picture the look on her face when a jeepney dispatcher called her attention to the python that had latched on to the rear wheel of her car.

Wait for it...

And what’s with the Department of Health (DOH) 7’s fascination with numbers? It recently announced that it targets to inoculate 5,634,789 individuals in Central Visayas this year. Of this number will be 9,659 health care workers from Cebu City. Talk about being anal. If it really wants to go into specifics, it should tell the public what it wants to know like when the vaccine against Covid-19 will actually arrive. That may prove to be more useful.

What? Your hands are getting tired?

Okay, the DOH has decided that Cebu will retain its modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status despite the recommendation of some members of the technical advisory council of the agency’s central office to place Cebu under enhanced community quarantine, the strictest community quarantine status that restricts public movement and closes non-essential commercial establishments.

Put away the confetti. We’re not out of the woods yet.

Because, let’s face it, there’s no denying that Covid numbers continue to go up. Or have they gone down? I should check the DOH 7’s Facebook page.

The point is, we can’t just ignore the facts. However, I don’t mean to sound alarming either.

Trust me, all this talk of “mutations” and whatnot can get scary. Although, I tend to focus on what comes after the word, which, by the way, conjures up images of characters in the Marvel universe ruminating on grief and describing it as “persevering love.” I mean, a “mutation of concern” does have a nice ring to it. Don’t you think?

At any rate, I think Cebuanos should pat themselves on the back for keeping it together all these months.

Remember, the virus won’t go away if people continue to disregard health protocols. So please, wear a mask when going outside, observe social distancing and run Sara run...

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