CATBALOGAN CITY – The city government denied speculations and rumors that a lockdown will be imposed in the whole city on Christmas to contain the spread of coronavirus disease that continues to hound this city.
Mayor Dexter Uy said there was never a discussion among city officials about imposing a lockdown or implementing an Enhanced Community Quarantine because it will only hurt the economy and will put people out of work.
However, Uy said, the city government does not rule out the possibility of imposing another lockdown if the number of cases shoots up again to an uncontrollable level.
The city government imposed granular lockdowns in a number of villages in Catbalogan last September when active cases reached over 300.
The strict implementation of the lockdown successfully brought down the number of cases to a manageable level.
As of 30 November, Catbalogan City has 31 active cases while between 30 Nov to 5 Dec a total of 17 new cases were added.
Uy said imposing a lockdown cannot be decided alone by the city Inter-Agency Task Force but has also to be approved by its provincial and regional counterpart through an endorsement from the Department of Health.