DAVAO City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte is no longer on self-quarantine as she has been given health clearance.
In a statement, Mayor Sara said that she had no close contact with the patient tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during her visit to the Senate and in her meeting with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.
“Because of these, Mayor Inday Sara has been given clearance by the Davao City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte to discontinue her voluntary isolation,” the statement read.
The office of Mayor Sara, the chairperson and founder of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), had close coordination with the office of Gatchalian who is also now on self-quarantine.
“After coordination with the Office of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who conducted a careful review of CCTV footage, it showed he did not have physical contact with the positive Covid-19 patient. Footage also showed Senator Gatchalian and the Covid-19 patient were far apart from each other the whole time,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Sara’s household employee, who was earlier reported to be ill, has been diagnosed with tonsillitis and is is now taking antibiotics and recovering.
In a related story, Mayor Sara has asked the Dabawenyos not to leave Davao City.
The Mayor’s office issued Guidelines No. 8 on COVID-19 emphasizing that Davao City is not on lockdown but residents are prohibited from leaving the city in order to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
All short term visitors are also advised to leave Davao City immediately.
Likewise, the city said all travelers to Davao City are requested to postpone their visit until after the state of public health emergency is lifted.
“The city has a limitation on health facilities and we cannot afford a widespread infection of COVID-19 here. Many people will die if we will not take action,” she said.
“If you are not a resident of Davao and you get the disease here, you can spread it in your hometown once you go back. It would be better if we take preventive measures,” the presidential daughter added.