Children in Navotas City are still not allowed to go out due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
This is what Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco emphasized, along with the statement that the 24-hour curfew will be extended for the safety of the residents.
But according to data released by COVIDKAYA on Sunday, Navotas already has the highest 2-week growth rate of infections in the National Capital Region (NCR) which has reached 105%.
Navotas has also raised its risk classification to a high level due to the speed of the outbreak in the city.
Tiangco believes it would be better if the 24-hour curfew is maintained for minors, particularly those going to parks and other places.
In fact, more precautions and adherence to health protocols will be required because of the new Delta variant as well.
According to the latest data from Navotas LGU, the current number of active COVID-19 cases in the city has risen to 154.
Children not allowed to go out in Navotas
Meanwhile, Metro Manila mayors urged the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to suspend the policy on allowing children to go out.
“Kami po ay nagbotohan kanina at hinihiling po sana namin sa IATF na baka maaari na ‘yong polisiya na ‘yong 5 years old pataas ay masuspinde muna sa Metro Manila dahil mayroon kaming kaso [ng Delta variant] rito,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Benhur Abalos said in a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte.
He added that children could not be vaccinated yet, making them possible super-spreaders of COVID-19.
President Rodrigo Duterte warned that stricter quarantine protocols could be implemented to prevent the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant in the country.
“We may need to reimpose stricter restrictions to avoid mass gathering and prevent superspreader events . . . I urge the DILG and the PNP to implement the existing protocols with greater urgency and necessity. It is only by imposing these restrictions that we can fight the threat of Delta variant,” he said.