LSIs cause of COVID infections in Davao City: Davao police chief

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    BRIG. Gen. Filmore Escobal, Davao Police Regional Police Office director, yesterday said the arrival of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Davao City has contributed in the number of COVID-19 infections in the city that is now under the moderate general community quarantine.

    “One of the factors we are looking into (for the number of COVID-19 infections in Davao City) was the MGCQ status of the city and the arrival of LSIs who tested positive of the virus,” Escobal told the Laging Handa media forum.

    Escobal said 29 bus loads of LSIs consisting of 658 individuals have arrived in Davao region, the bulk of them from Davao City.

    He said three barangays in Davao City has been placed on lockdown due to the high incidence of COVID-19 infections.

    To contain the virus, Escobal said Davao City still implements curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and policemen manning checkpoints were instructed to limit non-essential travels.

    “We have observed that infection in Davao City is not yet controlled due to the arrival of the LSIs but in other provinces of the region, the infection rate has already gone down. We are strictly monitoring Davao City because hospitals are located here and the area is the most populated in the region,” Escobal said.