CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A clampdown took effect Tuesday in this seaport capital as the national Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) placed the city under Modified Enhance Community Quarantine (MECQ) to cut the Covid virus upsurged here.
Under MECQ, all public transportations – taxicabs and public utility jitneys – were prohibited to ply around the city effective June 1, 2021 to June 15, 2021.
Lt. Col. Lemuel Gonda, the city’s deputy chief for police operations, said that only private vehicles with only two persons – driver and passenger – were allowed to travel in the city.
The police had activated the checkpoints in the city’s east, west, north and south borders to check all incoming and outgoing commuters and pedestrians.
Fronliners and employees with company identification cards, authorized person’s outside residence (APOR) and those transporting essential goods were the only exception to travel ban here.
The Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) also suspended the voter’s registration until the duration of the MECQ, City Comelec Registrar Ramil Acol said.
He said the COMELEC will not entertain any transaction until the MECQ is over.
The local businessmen and residents asked the IATF to raise the city to MECQ from its previous status under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to check the rising COVID -19 cases here.
In Cagayan de Oro City, the Covid-19 positive cases reached 7,121 from March 2020 to May 31, 2021, a data released by the Department of Health (DOH)- city health office here disclosed.
Local health officials recorded a total of 134 deaths for the month of May 2021 with an average daily deaths of seven persons and a daily admission of 100 to 170 Covid positive patients for the past seven days.
The COVID -19 positive cases have breached the 20,000 mark in Northern Mindanao with over 15,000 recoveries as of May 31, 2021. -0-