MMDA Says COVID-19 Infections May Spike in 2021 If Holiday Celebration Will Not Be Controlled
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority warned the public that the COVID-19 infections may increase in 2021.
On Wednesday (December 2, 2020), MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the cases of coronavirus disease infections in the Philippines might increase by January 2021 if public would defy the health protocols during the Christmas season.
Garcia said that the Filipino people must observe the quarantine guidelines and health protocols especially in controlling the numbers of visitors during Christmas celebrations. Metro Manila mayors also encourage the public not to invite other people on their home during the holidays.
“We are expecting by January, magkakaroon ng kaunting pagtaas [ng cases], hopefully not, pero titignan natin dito iyong numero kung substantial ba? Kasi kapag substantial, nakakatakot kung bumalik tayo sa dati. Mag-MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) na naman, hindi na kaya,” Garcia said.
Metro Manila council is also fearing that they could not control in households and neighborhoods. The mayors also urged the people to celebrate the holiday within their families online to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
The MMDA executive reported that Metro Manila has around 2,400 active cases of COVID-19.
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