Davao City has been placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) status effective Saturday, June 5 up to June 20.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), through Resolution No. 119 s. 2021, approved on June 3 the reclassification of Davao City from General Community Quarantine to MECQ.
This came after Mayor Sara Duterte requested early this week the IATF-MEID to place the city under MECQ due to the increasing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
Among the notable new COVID cases in the city prior to such request for change of status are the 44 employees from the various departments of the City Council who tested positive after the conduct of a three-day surveillance swabbing involving 1,083 employees. This resulted to a lockdown of the City Council from May 29 to June 13, 2021.
A total of 46 employees of Business Process Outsourcing company Teleperformance also tested positive for COVID-19 which led to a temporary shutdown of the office.
“There is already a surge not just in Davao City but also in the whole of Mindanao,” Davao City Health Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said earlier.
Lopez, who is also the focal person of the City COVID-19 Task Force, confirmed last May 26 that the city’s critical care utilization and hospital utilization rate are already at critical levels.
“SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center) have almost everyday 100 percent utilization in ICU beds while utilization of isolation and COVID-19 ward beds are already above 70 percent. Both indicators are already classified as a critical risk level,” Lopez said.
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 11 COVID-19 case bulletin (as of 6 p.m. of May 25) showed that Davao City logged 173 new actives from the total of 16,101 cases since March 2020. The city also had a total of 14,251 recoveries and 739 deaths.
Under the MECQ, the city will be guided by the IATF Omnibus Guidelines dated May 20, 2021and the Department of Trade and Industry Memorandum Circular No. 21-19 dated May 14, 2021.
Based on these guidelines, movement of all persons in the city will be limited to accessing goods and establishments and for work in such establishments (Sec. 3, IATF Omnibus Guidelines).
Effective June 5, those below eighteen (18) years old and over sixty-five (65) years of age, as well as persons with comorbidities and those who are pregnant are required to stay at home, except when they need to get essential goods and services (Sec. 3, IATF Omnibus Guidelines).