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Due to an increase in Covid instances, local governments have been urged to apply granular lockdowns.

Malacanang ordered local government units (LGUs) to apply granular or limited lockdowns in regions where Covid-19 cases have increased to prevent infections from reaching dangerous levels again on Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), according to Acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, are concerned about the increase in infections, and LGUs should step up efforts to control people movement.

“Of course, we’re concerned, but dapat lang!” Ang panawagan ang panawagan ang panawagan ang panawagan ang panawagan ang panawagan As a result, our request is that (sad) LGUs please enforce. Granular lockdown if the kaso’s balance is tumataas. If there is an increase in cases, granular lockdown is not available in the equation. Granular lockdowns should not be ignored),” he stated at a press conference at the White House.

LGUs, according to Nograles, have the “obligation” to enforce granular lockdowns, especially in places where “clustering of instances” occurs.

He explained that granular lockdowns can be implemented on a household, street, purok (district), community, and/or barangay level.

“Huwag nating kalimutan iyan, huwag nating hayaan na lumaki pa ito (Don’t forget that),” he added.

He did, however, remind the public that it is everyone’s responsibility to stop Covid-19 from spreading.

“Hindi po dapat nakaatang lamang sa balikat ng pamahalaan ninyo at ng LGU; nakaatang ito sa balikat nating lahat; nakaatang ito sa balikat nating lahat; nakaatang ito sa balikat nating lahat; nakaatang ito sa balikat nating la (The responsibility should not just lie on the government or LGU, it also lies on all of us). It is everyone’s responsibility. Self-policing within your family, neighborhood, and barangay, lahat po tayo, huwag nating sayangin ang lahat ng pinaghirapan po nating lahat (all of us, let’s not waste our efforts),” he remarked.

According to Nograles, the public should continue to follow minimum public health norms.

“Mask, hugas, iwas plus bakuna – apat dapat – apat dapat…

Isa diyan sa apat hindi po pupuwedeng mawala. (We should wear our masks, wash our hands, keep a safe distance, and get vaccinated.) We can’t afford to overlook even one of those reminders),” he explained.

Nograles warned against complacency, citing instances of crowding in public settings.

“Hindi dahil naka-mask tayo at naghugas tayo at bakunado tayo, nakakalimutan natin iyong iwas,” he said.

With the declaration this week of new alert levels for January 1 to 15, 2022, Nograles stated that the President has the authority to raise the status if necessary.

“Again, from January 1 to 15, mag-a-alert level po tayo; magpanibagong (we’ll have new alert levels; there’ll be another) announcement for that,” he added, adding that “we may accelerate if we want.”

Most events are allowed at a 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and a 70 percent outdoor venue capacity for the entire country, which is currently on Alert Level 2.

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines increased to 889 on Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases to almost 2.8 million.

Covid-19 cases are projected to rise owing to holiday-related movement, according to Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a Viber message to media.

Apart from increasing mobility, she claims that decreasing compliance with minimal public health requirements is also to blame for the rise in infection rates.

“We’re keeping an eye on things,” she said, “though we can’t say for sure that the rise in instances is related to the Omicron Variant.” “We are urging the public and local governments to ensure that safety measures are followed and that every Filipino is vaccinated.”

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