WHETHER the presence of the Covid-19 variant from the United Kingdom is present in the region or not, a business leader cautioned the public to maintain safety protocols.
Steven Yu, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, said the public should continue with their health guideline habits to prevent themselves from getting infected with the Covid-19 virus.
“We, in the private sector, have been cautioning the public to continue to observe health and safety protocols at all times. We have always stressed discipline and cooperation with the authorities,” he said.
Yu reiterated that their stand on the belief that businesses and the economy in general should never be closed or locked down again remains.
“We have enough health care capacity and our capability to handle this virus has improved considerably. Based on Friday’s Feb. 5 data, our health care occupancy is in the 30s but still very far from the danger zone at 60 to 70,” he said.
This variant may be more contagious but there is no proof of it being more deadly, Yu said.
He said the public needs to cooperate and be cautious.
“As the virus affects only a small percentage of the population, we stand to lose more if our jobs and livelihood are lost permanently. Hunger and social unrest are more dangerous issues. Diseases will always be around humanity and we just need to strengthen our immune system and follow health protocols,” he said.
Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that two of the eight persons in the country who tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant found in the United Kingdom, allegedly had addresses in Talisay and Liloan.
Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas said the patient with an address in Talisay did not step foot on the city until after he was deemed recovered by a hospital in Cebu City.
For her part, Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco said the man in the DOH press release came from Sta. Ana, Manila and not Liloan. (JOB)