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The Philip­pines has im­posed stricter move­ment re­stric­tions on Pres­i­dent Duterte’s home city, Davao, af­ter it posted the high­est num­ber of new coron­avirus cases in the past two weeks.

Davao City in south­ern Philip­pines will be placed un­til end- Novem­ber un­der a gen­eral com­mu­nity quar­an­tine, where some busi­nesses like ho­tels and cin­e­mas are shut, and young and old peo­ple are re­quired to stay home, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­den­tial Spokesman Harry Roque. “Ef­forts will be made to ad­dress the short­age of nurses in health fa­cil­i­ties,” he added.

Amid the ris­ing new Covid- 19 cases in Davao City, the In­ter- Agency Task Force ( IATF) de­cided to im­pose stricter quar­an­tine mea­sures in the area.

In its Res­o­lu­tion 88 is­sued last Thurs­day, the IATF said it has as­signed Melquiades Feli­ciano, deputy chief im­ple­menter of the Na­tional Task Force Against Covid- 19 for the cities of Ba­colod and Cebu, to lead the in­ten­si­fied anti- Covid mea­sures in Davao City.

Among the is­sues he would have to ad­dress is the short­age of nurses raise the sup­ply of med­i­cal sup­plies for Covid- 19 pa­tients such as high- oxy­gen can­nu­lae, favipi­ravir (Avi­gan), remde­sivir, med­i­cal equip­ment, among oth­ers, in the city.

The de­ci­sion came af­ter Covid- 19 cases in the city rose to 5,412 on Wed­nes­day from just 3,859 two days be­fore.

The spike also prompted the IATF to push for the cre­ation of the One Hospi­tal Com­mand Cen­ter in the city, which will be in charge of ef­fi­cient distri­bu­tion of Covid- 19 pa­tients there.

It also or­dered pri­vate hospi­tals in Davao City to in­crease their bed al­lo­ca­tion for Covid- 19 pa­tients from 20 per­cent to 30 per­cent.

To con­tain the spread of Covid- 19 in Davao City, its law en­force­ment agen­cies were di­rected to help in the strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of gran­u­lar lock­downs.

Aside from Davao City, other ar­eas, which were placed by IATF un­der GCQ up to Novem­ber 30 were the Metro Manila, Batan­gas City, Iloilo City, Ba­colod City, Ta­cloban City, Ili­gan City, and Lanao Del Sur.

The Philip­pines has South­east Asia’s sec­ond­worst out­break, with more than 413,000 cases as of Thurs­day.

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