Aklan gov’t to appeal for lower quarantine status

PHOTO CAPTION: As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Aklan, the LGU is hoping that the NIATF reconsiders its decision to retain the province under GCQ until the end of October./iNews

KALIBO, Aklan–The provincial government of Aklan will appeal to the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (NIATF-MEID) for a less restrictive community quarantine status in light of declining COVID-19 cases there.

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores said he is meeting the mayors and the provincial task force on October 19 to discuss how to present their proposal to NIATF to reconsider the general community quarantine (GCQ) extension for the province.

Only recently, Aklan was retained under general community quarantine status from October 16 to 31. Prior to this, the province was placed under the much stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) on August 1, then under GCQ on September 8.

But COVID figures there have been on the decline since early September.

From September 8 to October 15, the province recorded 520 new infections compared to 3,622 cases from August 1 to September 7. At present, the average daily attack rate per 100,000 population is at 1.04 percent and the health care utilization at 1.85 percent, both “low-risk” based on the parameters of the Department of Health.

Still, Miraflores is not about to gamble their gains, issuing reminders yet again for residents to comply with all public health guidance and to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

“Indi kita maging kampante lalo na sa mga [Let’s not be complacent especially when it comes to] super spreader events. COVID-19 is still here with us even though the infection rate has slowed down the past weeks,” he said.

Al fresco dining in areas under GCQ is permissible up to 100 percent capacity while food establishments are allowed up to 50 percent capacity indoors.

There are 12,600 confirmed cases and 319 deaths across Aklan as an average of seven cases were reported from October 9 to 15. Cases have decreased by two percent from the average a week ago. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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