BIG GATHERINGS. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, shown in this file photo, asks the public on Wednesday (July 20, 2022) to avoid big gatherings amid the spike in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019. The city currently has 148 active Covid-19 cases. (PNA file photo)

BAGUIO CITY – The city government on Wednesday renewed its call for the public to avoid big gatherings as a deterrent from possible transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

"Iwasan na muna natin ang malalaking gathering at tumataas na naman ang cases natin (Let us avoid mass gatherings for now, especially with cases on the rise)," Mayor Benjamin Magalong said in a media interview.

He also asked that the public to avoid handshakes, wash hands frequently as well as observe physical distancing and proper wearing of face masks.

He said that the country remains in a state of Covid-19 pandemic and the infection still affecting countries in the world, thus the need for every person to take care of himself and observe health and safety protocols.

He, however, said that while the cases in the city are increasing, there is no need to panic as long as residents continue to get vaccinated against the disease.

“No need to panic because this is mild. Ang importante dito is naka-booster shot ka (What is important here is you have received the booster shot),” he said.

Based on the city government’s Covid-19 tracker for July 19, 50 new cases were recorded bringing the number of active cases to 148.

There are no severe or critical patients among the active cases.

He said that no less than President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced the importance of the booster shot and reiterated the government’s call for those who are due to get the booster shot and those who are eligible to get vaccinated with the third or the fourth dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine.

“He (President Marcos) again made the call after he was tested positive for the virus for the second time,” the mayor said.

Records also showed that the city’s health care utilization rate is 9.23 percent, translating to 35 of the 379 Covid-19 beds being in use.

The mayor also raised suspicion that most of those who are testing positive are no longer reporting their condition and simply doing home care since they are only exhibiting mild symptoms. (PNA)