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New ‘lockdown’ misinformation is debunked by the CDO.

On Saturday, the local government discredited yet another attempt at misinformation regarding a potential “lockdown” due to an increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

In a daily news conference, Dr. Ted Yu Jr., medical officer of the City Health Office (CHO), encouraged residents to cease distributing false information and to only trust official sources such as the CHO and the City Information Office.

He stated that the local government will continue to hold a daily virtual press conference to provide updates on the virus’s spread prevention measures.

“Some are spreading false information that city Mayor Oscar Moreno will impose a lockdown. They distribute false information. That is why we have a daily press conference to provide you with accurate and timely information “he stated

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the city has had to deal with disinformation and misinformation on several occasions.

The city was placed on Alert Level 3 by the national Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on January 14 because of an increase in Covid-19 cases. The alert status will remain in effect until the end of the month.

On Friday, the municipal government reported 181 new Covid-19 cases, increasing the total to 23,042 cases, 2,121 of which are active, 20,049 of which have been recovered, and 872 of which have died.

Moreno also praised the city’s Covid-19 immunization team for a job well done on the vaccination rollout, which was part of the city’s response to the virus’s spread.

As of January 28, a total of 552,923 people had been vaccinated, accounting for 96.34 percent of the city’s target population.

The city’s healthcare use rate and bed utilization capacity, according to Moreno, are already being impacted by the increase in cases.

“This is due to incidents occurring outside of the city, despite the fact that it is the city that takes the brunt of the damage (of a higher alert level). I hope the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) can help the city find a solution “he stated

When the IATF sees the current Covid-19 data in the city, Moreno believes the city will be upgraded to a higher alert level.

Dr. Gina Itchon, the director of the NMMC’s research and development department, agreed with Moreno’s judgment.

“The predicament of Cagayan de Oro City is similar to that of other heavily urbanized cities (where government regional hospitals are located). It doesn’t seem fair that the city will be penalized with a higher alert level (due to outside patients) just because we’re accepting patients from outside the city “she stated

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