Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday reiterated that there is no reason to impose a lockdown on the metropolis despite the doubling in the number of COVID-19 positive cases from 10 to 20 on Monday.
While he said a lockdown is being considered, an order for it is still premature at this time as there is still no sustained community transmission of the virus yet.
“It is one of the interventions as reflected in our protocol in a four-door response strategy,” Duque said. “But it might be premature to do it at this point. We will have to wait until evidence of sustained community transmission is presented. That will trigger a community lockdown or quarantine.”
Another option, Duque said, is to consider the suspension of classes and work in the metropolis.
The DoH is also coordinating with the National Risk Reduction Management Council to align the code alert system to be used in all emergencies.
with MICHELLE R. GUILLANG