By Antonio Manaytay
No more Saturday lockdowns after the initial one-day lockdown on August 8. But Gov. Wilter Palma asked all minors and seniors to stay-at-home.
This as Zamboanga Sibugay has two more COVID-19 cases. The province has 37 coronavirus cases as of Friday morning.
On its post in social media, the provincial task force on COVID-19 announced the two latest confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the municipality of Tungawan.
The task force said, the two patients, ZS 036 and ZS 037, are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) from Manila. Both are asymptomatic.
Swabbed on August 7, their results, showing them positive of coronavirus, arrived on August 13.
They stayed at the quarantine facility of the municipality.
Gov. Wilter Palma had appealed for a total lockdown every Saturday beginning August 8 to stop the spread of the virus.
The governor’s idea did not sit well with the business group at the capital town of the province.
Roseller Briones, president of Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay Chamber of Commerce, said the one-day lockdown has no scientific basis.
To shut down the business operation every Saturday, a day with a high volume of transactions, is counterproductive, he said.
They proposed a Sunday lockdown instead.
Majority of the business establishments in the province, however, heeded the appeal. All business operations in 15 municipalities had closed shop on August 8.
In Ipil, the capital town, most of the business establishments had closed except the members of the business group led by Briones. Several motorized tricycles had also plied their routes despite the appeal for lockdown.
After the initial Saturday lockdown, Palma had changed tack, presumably a goodwill gesture toward the business sector.
There will be no more Saturday lockdown. Instead, he asked all business establishments to disinfect their places before they open.
At the same time, the governor warned all minors and seniors. All persons, aged below 20-year-old and senior citizens should stay-at-home every Saturday, he said. Palma ordered all law enforcers to call the attention and possibly arrest all violators.
He enjoined everyone to follow the minimum health protocols to stop the spread of the deadly virus.