Isko bares CODE COVID 19 to prevent virus spread

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno addresses the city. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

THE city of Manila yesterday launched its action plan on coronavirus in line following the address given to the nation by President Rodrigo Duterte the other night.

Mayor Isko Moreno announced that the city’s response plan called, ‘CODE (contain and delay) COVID 19’ aims to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the communities and involves the procurement of the city’s own testing kits and boosting the immune system specially of the senior citizens who are most vulnerable to the dreaded virus.

Moreno said the city government will double its efforts in tracing those who manifest corona symptoms and those whom they might have mingled with.

Meanwhile, work in City Hall will be reduced to four days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the exception of the offices concerning disaster, health and sanitation which have to maintain skeletal force on a daily basis.

‘Wag kayong mag-alala, tuloy ang ating pamamahala at pinaigting pa natin ang pagtugon sa sitwasyon...24/7 na ang gobyerno ng lungsod,’ Moreno said in his public address to the city.

The slated flag ceremony on Monday will not push through although flag rites will still be done in view of calls made by the President to observe ‘social distancing.’

Still in this light, Moreno also announced having talked to the top four religious sectors to temporarily avoid congregations.

The mayor said food good for three days have been given to 350,000 families while vitamins were distributed to senior citizens.

Tourism events have also been postponed for the next 30 days while efforts to disinfect public places continue.