Courtesy of the Cagayan de Oro City Information Office.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government here lifted Monday curfew hours after cases of the coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) continually remain low over the past six months.

In a press conference, Mayor Oscar Moreno said the City Legal Office has been directed to draft an executive order lifting the curfew hours from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day.

“Our (Covid-19) cases remain low, though we need to improve our vaccination further,” Moreno said.

He said the basis for the lifting of the curfew is anchored on the city's health utilization rate of 1.52 percent as of June 4, indicating an average of zero or a single Covid-19 case daily.

Moreno said the city has at least two Covid-19 patients who are now recuperating in the state-run Northern Mindanao Medical Center.

Dr. Ted Yu Jr., the city health office medical officer, said one of the patients was an eight-year-old girl.

“Her condition is made severe because she’s also afflicted by dengue,” Yu said.

The patient, from Barangay Macasandig, was unvaccinated, prompting Yu to call on parents anew to allow children aged 5 to 7 to get the vaccine.

Currently, he said at least 33 percent of children in the same age group have received their first dose, and 18 percent got the second dose.

Yu said 2,862 individuals received their second booster shots under the category of immunocompromised adults, health workers, and senior citizens. (PNA)