Avoid crowds in Divisoria, Duterte urges public

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 18 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is urging the public to avoid shopping in Divisoria whenever possible to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection.

In his televised briefing on Wednesday, the President cited recent reports on the crowding in Divisoria and discouraged the public from going there at this time if it is not necessary.

Divisoria, a known shopping destination and center for distributors in Manila, has always been overcrowded pre-COVID, catering to shoppers not only in Metro Manila but also for those in other regions including Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon.

The Manila City Government, for its part, has tightened its security to remind shoppers in Divisoria of the health protocols during the season when people flock there to buy Christmas goods.

Duterte then encouraged all Filipinos to be careful of COVID-19 ahead of the holiday celebrations.

“Kayong mga mag-asawa, kayong mga may mga anak, be careful. If your spouse got it and you do not know, you sleep together and both of you get infected, then that’s the end of the story of your life,” the President emphasized.

He also advised everyone that there are still safety protocols “to be followed” during the observance of Christmas culture amid the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte explained that the guidelines of the government are for the welfare of the public and asked for a little patience because a vaccine has already been developed.

“Huwag kayong magkumpiyansa. Sinabi ko sa inyo this is a very lethal thing… I can never say that I am safe here or I can be safe ever until nabakunahan tayong lahat,” he cautioned.

“In the meantime, what we should do is to pray for our country and prepare for those who are sick… mahaba pa ang buhay. If not for you, then for your children,” he said.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday cited that there are now 454,447 COVID-19 cases in the country after 1,470 new cases were added. A total of 25,695 remain active out of the total case tally.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Thursday also relayed the information from the health department that the decreasing trend of cases is slowing down.

“Kaya sinasabi ng DOH, baka ito na ay simula ng pagtaas muli ng mga numero… Ito ay nagsisimula pa lamang, pwede pa natin itong ma-reverse,” he said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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