Isko: Stop fake news, Manila operating 24/7 to end COVID-19 spread

‘PARA maiwasan ang kalituhan tungkol sa coronavirus at ang walang saysay na pagpa-panic, iwasan nating pangunahan ang anunsiyo ng mga itinalaga ng pamahalaan. Iwasan din natin ang fake news at pagpapasa nito.’

This was the call made yesterday by Mayor Isko Moreno to all Manilans, as he assured them that the city government of Manila continues to function normally and is in fact operating 24/7 in view of the crisis brought about by the dreaded virus.

Among others, misting operations and distribution of food items to the residents is a continuing thing, as Moreno once again urged Manila residents to fill out the health survey launched in the city through his Facebook account and help the city government get accurate statistics as to who may be showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus 2019 and so that preemptive medical attention may be undertaken to prevent community transmission.

The mayor also said that the additional rooms for the Manila Infectious Disease Center which was launched early on to accommodate suspected coronavirus patients or those who may already be carriers, are expected to be available this week.  Said center is located at the tenth floor of the city-run Sta. Ana Hospital.

Moreno stressed that disseminating  unverified, moreso, fake information regarding the virus and actions being taken to prevent it from spreading will only create unnecessary fear and panic among those who are gullible.

‘Pakisuyo lang, limitahan natin ang ating mga sarili sa pagpapakalat ng mga impormasyon at mga panawagang hindi naman opisyal, lalupa’t hindi totoo’  he said.

The mayor likewise directed the public to always wait for and listen to announcements coming from no other source but the government units which have been duly assigned for the purpose of disseminating information about the coronavirus situation in the country.

In his case, Moreno said whatever public announcement or update he makes is always hinged on verified and legitimate information coming from the Department of Health and the Manila Health Department, no less.

Meanwhile, Moreno urged those who may have vital information to relay such to the proper authorities.

‘Hintayin lagi ang anunsyo ng mga datos ng DOH.. kumuha ng impormasyon sa mga itinalaga ng pamahalaan na magbigay ng datos. Pag may info, sabihin ninyo sa tamang ahensiya kesa sa kapitbahay,’ Moreno said, as he advised the public to get in touch with the DOH and MHD hotlines or directly with the mayor’s office