“You have only one life to live so please guard yourself,” The President said in his public address on Monday.
Duterte said the number of Covid-19 cases in the country is increasing because of the public’s failure to follow health protocols.
“Kasi noong mga holidays, dikit-dikit nga ang tao. Ito na ‘yong ngayon. Ito, ito na ngayon ang resulta, nagtaas na kasi you abandoned the protocols, that’s number one (During the holidays people were not observing social distancing. This is the result, cases increased because protocols were abandoned, that’s number one).”
He also advised the public to listen to the government, especially the health department.
“Put your trust on the advice of government people, especially if coming from the Secretary of Health,” he said.
In his public address, Duterte also said the role of barangay (villages) in enforcing pandemic rules is crucial in addressing the spread of the virus.
“Kung ginusto ng lahat ng mga barangay captains na magtrabaho, really work at it, baka talagang ma — well, decrease the number of transmission (If barangay captains will work at it, we will be able to reduce the number of cases).”
The health department has recorded over 3,000 Covid-19 cases for four straight days since Friday.
On Monday 3,356 new Covid-19 infections were recorded. This brings the total confirmed cases to 597,763.