COVID-19 deaths in Zambo now 375 as protocol violators persist

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 26 (PIA) – To date, 375 people in the city died from COVID-19 as per latest data from the City Government. Active COVID-19 cases, or the number of people who are currently sick from the virus continue to rise daily and have now reached 2,540.

This, as residents continue to violate protocols meant to prevent the transmission of the virus.

“Who else needs to die just so people will strictly adhere to the health protocols?” said Mayor Beng Climaco in her Facebook post.

Public Information Officer Sheila Covarrubias said the city government already requested the national government to allow for the extension of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) status until June 15.

According to the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), 392 persons were apprehended for violating protocols last Sunday (May 23). On the same day, groups of people were apprehended after picnicking in one of the rivers here. They ignored the Sunday lockdown instituted as part of the city’s MECQ guidelines.

Meanwhile, the national government will increase vaccine allocation for the city due to the surging cases, said National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) deputy chief implementer Secretary Vivencio Dizon during his visit here Friday (May 21). The NIATF also turned over antigen test kits, protective personal equipment and other medical supplies. (EDT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City, photo courtesy of Ron Itturalde, Barangay Information Officers Network)



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

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