On Friday, Lapu-Lapu City Junar “Ahong” Chan announced that the city will be ready to transition from the current general community quarantine (GCQ) to the more relaxed modified GCQ (MGCQ), should the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decide to downgrade the city’s classification on August 16, 2020.
Mayor Chan said the data from the Department of Health – Central Visayas (DOH-7) show that the COVID-19 cases in the city have significantly decreased “as a result of their massive contact tracing and the effort to isolate those who are suspected of having contracted with the virus.”
Moreover, the mayor mentioned that the residents have already developed awareness about the COVID-19 and the measures to prevent from infection such as the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, and limiting their movements to essentials.
Mayor Chan also said that a part of the shift to MGCQ is to prepare hotels and resorts in the city to embrace the new normal in accepting local and foreign guests, this includes aligning and ensuring the safety and health protocols mandated by the IATF, DOH and the Tourism, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (TCHAC).
As of August 13, 2020, Lapu-Lapu City has a total of 2,027 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,275 recoveries and 73 deaths. Active cases are now at 679, with an impressive recovery rate of 62.90%.