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Mayor of Pateros closes basketball courts amid increase in COVID-19 cases – Manila Bulletin

The mayor of Pateros, Miguel “Ike” Ponce III, temporarily closed basketball courts from December 31 as he expressed concern over the sudden increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID -19) in the municipality.

Ponce held an emergency meeting on New Years Eve with barangay captains and Pateros police to discuss the growing number of COVID-19 cases and the rules for a safe New Years celebration.

The mayor of Pateros, Miguel Ponce III (in yellow shirt) chairing an emergency meeting on December 31 to discuss the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the municipality (Pateros municipal administration)

Pateros, the smallest local government unit (LGU) in Metro Manila, was granted COVID-19-free country status for three weeks, but on December 28, Ponce announced the return of the disease to the municipality.

In a live Facebook broadcast on December 31, Ponce revealed that Pateros currently has 22 new cases of COVID-19.

The Department of Health has recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Ponce said that over the past few days, Pateros’ COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped from 0.08% to 1.6% to 5%. The positivity rate refers to people who tested positive for COVID-19 out of the total number tested.

To curb the spread of COVID-19, Ponce said one approach is to discourage activities that do not require the wearing of face masks like basketball games or any contact sport in which players take off their masks.

He said he ordered barangay captains to close basketball courts from 1 p.m. on December 31 until further notice.

“I would like to apologize to our players because all of our barangay courts will be closed. No one will be allowed to play basketball because we fear it will become a spreader since we don’t wear masks when we play basketball, ”said Ponce, who also ordered the temporary removal of the basketball rings. -ball on open grounds.

The mayor also said they would strictly enforce the rule on wearing face masks outside the residence.

In addition, Ponce also ordered barangay captains to ban mass gatherings in their areas, except gatherings in residences, on December 31 to prevent the spread of the virus, which he suspects to be the Omicron variant.

Ponce also reminded the public that Pateros has banned the use and sale of firecrackers and fireworks.