BY CRIS DIAZ
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The nightly curfew in this port capital of 800,000 people in Northern Mindanao was lifted effective Monday following a downward trend of COVID-19 cases since May this year.
Health officials, however, advised the local residents to still wear the face mask, observed social distancing, other health protocol and be vaccinated.
Dr. David Mendoza, the assistant regional director of the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 10, said on Wednesday that face masking and social distancing remain enforce.
He said that except for some parts of Lanao Del Norte, which remains under Alert Level II, the curfew is lifted in most part in Northern Mindanao under Alert Level I.
He said that under Alert Level I the daily COVID-19 cases have gone down to less than 10 cases to zero cases on the regional level.
Although the COVID cases have considerably gone down, the vaccination continues noting that only 80.40 of the region’s qualifified had availed of the first dose vaccine, Mendoza said.
According to Mendoza, only 73.48 of the vaccinated individuals have availed of the second dose vaccines.
“We are encouraging the unvaccinated to get jabs while the those 18 years and above, senior citizens, first liners and priority groups avail of the second booster dose to counter the subvariant omicron, Mendoza said.
While the DOH has not monitored cases of Omicron sub variant in Northern Mindanao, only two percent of the 15 percent who underwent the first booster dose have availed of the second booster vaccines here, he said. -0-