CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella discouraged residents from holding a wake with the presence of neighbors as it violates the community quarantine protocol that includes a ban on mass gathering.
The local executive said only immediate relatives must attend a wake.
Labella said mass gathering is still prohibited even if the city is now under a more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until the end of September.
The mayor reminded city residents to avoid a gathering following a wake that was held in Barangay Cogon Pardo wherein a 60-year-old deceased man turned out to be positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The Cogon Pardo resident died on Aug. 29, 2020, due to an illness; however, the test result of the swab samples taken from the deceased showed he had Covid-19 infection.
To make things clear, the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will endorse to Labella the guidelines on holding a wake.
EOC deputy chief implementer City Councilor Joel Garganera said the EOC will formulate guidelines and endorse it to the mayor, who will issue an order to execute the guidelines.
Labella’s executive order for Cebu City’s MGCQ status is silent on the holding of wake.
Garganera said more than 57 individuals, who had exposure to the deceased, were already swabbed.
The councilor further said the two fire volunteers who initially refused to get swabbed twice were already tested.
The test results of the exposed individuals have yet to be released.
On Sept. 8, Cebu City reported a 1.6 percent positivity rate.
Garganera said out of the 655 individuals who were swabbed on Sept. 7, only 11 turned to be positive for Covid-19 based on the EOC data.
The recovery rate of the city is now at 89.92 percent.
Based on the Department of Health (DOH) 7 Sept. 8 data, there were 345 active Covod-19 cases after the city achieved 8,697 total recoveries.
The city had a total of 9,702 Covid-19 cases and 660 mortalities. (JJL)