EOC: Covid case surge unlikely after elections

A CITY Hall official is confident that cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Cebu City will remain low after the May 9, 2022 elections.Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said Monday, May 2, that the possibility of another surge after the elections is remote.Garganera added that more than the targeted population in the city had already been vaccinated against the virus.Voters will also be required to wear masks when casting their votes in the polling precincts, he said.The councilor further said election day crowds would be the same as those in political rallies that took place in the city but did not create an upward trend in the daily cases.“Very safe kaayo ang atong number of (active) cases at 38, and the positivity rate is very low,” said Garganera.Garganera added that there is nothing to fear since the city has passed different Covid-19 surges and lessons had already been learned.“I am appealing to some who keep on instilling fear of an impending lockdown after the election. Dili na mahitabo (That won’t happen),” Garganera added.Seven days before the election, the EOC has not recorded a new Covid-19 case in the city, he said.Last May 1, a total of 455 individuals were screened for the virus but not a single one tested positive.Cebu City has seen four waves of the virus, the last being in the first two months of this year.In a statement, Karla Henry, Mayor Michael Rama’s spokesperson, urged voters to continue following the health protocols, especially on election day.She said the public’s cooperation was crucial in sustaining the city’s gains in keeping Covid-19 cases low, as the City continues the economy’s reopening.“The direction of Mayor Rama now is really geared towards reopening, going back to how we used to be. If we can keep it this way, we should expect to sustain our economic recovery gains. And we should start to see the holding of big public events as part of the new normal and not as a possible spreader anymore, as long as we continue to practice shared responsibility,” Henry said.