By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur: The city administration of the Islamic City of Marawi has asked the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging infectious Diseases to bring back the status of quarantine of the city from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (EMCQ) citing the spike of Covid-19 cases in a span of one week.
In a letter on Saturday to Health Secretary Francisco Tiongson Duque III, IATF chair, which is channeled through Lanao del Sur Governor Maminal A. Adiong Jr., Mayor Majul Gandamra explained the Islamic city has recorded new Covid-19 cases caused by local transmission in a span of one week. “Thus the threat of the spreading of the disease within the locality is very real,” said the mayor.
Gandamra said although the city is very strict in implementing the minimum health standards, the movement of the city residents under the MGCQ is relaxed as compared to other categories, making the city vulnerable for the spread of the virus considering the cases of local transmission.
He cited also the recommendation of the city health office of the Islamic City of Marawi to return the city to EMCQ from MGCQ after cases of Covid-19 has surged in a short span of time.
In his memorandum on Thursday, August 6, for Mayor Gandamra through Vice Mayor Anouar Romuros, City Incident Commander, Dr. Ali G. Dalidig, city health chief, said due to the “increasing number of cases of Covid-19 in a span of one week, with no known history of travel, we are recommending for the return of Modified General Community Quarantine to Enhanced Community Quarantine.” RSP