Davao City’s new Covid-19 case attributed to May 9 polls

Medical & Health

After logging zero coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the last three days, this city recorded a single infection Wednesday that is being attributed to people going out to vote in the May 9 elections.

“Fortunately, we have recorded zero positive cases since May 8 but today, May 11, we recorded one,” said Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson, over a radio interview.

Schlosser said they are bracing for a possible increase in Covid-19 detection under the incubation period of two weeks.

The detected infection is from the swabbed individuals who manifested Covid-19 symptoms, including those who had travel schedules, subjected to detention, and patients and visitors of hospitals.

Schlosser said the single Covid-19 infection could have been caused by the throngs of people rushing by the thousands to vote during the Monday elections, which she described as a “super-spreader event.”

Schlosser reiterated that residents should remain cautious and take health precautions, even as she cited low turnout for booster shots in the city.

“We still need to protect ourselves with proper wearing of face masks and acquiring booster shots.We have the good vaccine brands at our disposal,” she said.

Meanwhile, a risk assessment map on the impact of the Covid-19 issued on May 7 indicated that all the 182 barangays are now under minimal risk, the lowest in the city’s risk classification.

Last week, the village of Maa was identified as a moderate risk area while A. Angliongto Sr., Talomo Proper, and Tibungco were classified as low-risk barangays.

Schlosser said deputized officers and the Davao City Police Office are continuously enforcing the city’s face mask ordinance.

An individual apprehended for not wearing a face mask will be fined PHP500 for the first offense; PHP2,000 for a second offense; and, PHP5,000 or one-month imprisonment for the third offense.

Failure to pay the fines three to five days after the issuance of citation tickets will result in the filing of cases in court.

Authorities have earlier processed charges against 2,000 individuals who neglected their citation tickets for violating the face mask ordinance.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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