N. Samar bans Christmas parties in gov’t offices, agencies

N. Samar bans Christmas parties in gov’t offices, agencies

TACLOBAN CITY – All government offices and agencies in Northern Samar are prohibited to hold Christmas parties and similar activities amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Governor Edwin Marino Ongchuan approved Executive Order No. 12 imposing the measure “to counter the spread of coronavirus” down to the village level to avoid large gatherings this holiday season.

“As we enter the happy season of Christmas, people will tend to gather in large crowds and engage in merrymaking with lots of eating and drinking. Without masks on for a long time, and with hardly physical distance observed during these gatherings, we are giving opportunity for the surge of Covid-19 in the province,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

When this happens, the local health system may be overwhelmed and eventually collapse, he said.

“We need to sustain our efforts, even fortify measures (to) counter the spread of coronavirus in the province. We need to forego Christmas parties for the time being until (a) vaccine becomes available to our people,” Ongchuan said.

This would help them maintain its declining number of cases due to the relentless and rigorous efforts of the provincial government and various government and non-government entities, he added.

As of Dec. 4, Northern Samar has confirmed a total of 1,122 cases, including 1,017 recoveries and 15 deaths, based on the monitoring report of the provincial health office. (PNA)

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