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Quezon City prohibits drinking sessions

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Drinking sessions among families, friends and neighbors are superspreader events that contribute to an increase in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a report by Philippine News Agency.

Belmonte has ordered the local law enforcers in different barangays to regularly patrol alleys and inner roads and monitor social gatherings such as drinking sessions, among others.

“We are doing our best to control our numbers and yet some individuals continue to violate our protocols. We do not condone this disastrous behavior and will immediately impose legal sanctions on all those involved,” Belmonte said in a statement.

At a wedding in Barangay Matandang Balara, she said 69 persons have been infected with Covid-19 while 25 individuals are still waiting for their results.

She added that the index cases in eight out of the 28 areas now under special concern lockdown (SCL) were found to have been involved and infected during a drinking session.

From the drinking session, these individuals either went to other places or went to their homes and infect family members.

Belmonte said these are superspreader events and reminded residents that social gatherings, including drinking sessions, are still strictly prohibited.

“This is what we want to prevent - Covid 19 positive individuals infecting others in social gatherings without minimum health standards being observed,” Belmonte said.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Disease Unit showed that a total of 88 index cases have been confirmed in the following areas: Del Mundo St. in Barangay Talipapa; an area in K-10th St. in Barangay East Kamias; an area in Harvard St. in Barangay E. Rodriquez; Manggahan Citizen St., Interville III in Barangay San Agustin; Area 5 in Barangay Capri; Labordo Compound in Barangay Tandang Sora; Area 7, Luzon Ave., in Barangay Matandang Balara; and an area in Geronimo St., in Barangay Sta. Monica.

There are around 1,017 families who are now being subjected to swab tests.

Belmonte urged residents to report their neighbors or any erring individuals who hold gatherings to Quezon City Hotline 122.

She reiterated that gatherings of more than 10 people are strictly prohibited except for essential or work-related gatherings such as business meetings, government services, and humanitarian services. 

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