No taxis, fewer buses as Cebu City loosens coronavirus lockdown

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 02 2020 11:54 AM

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MANILA - The first day of general community quarantine in Cebu City was generally peaceful, Mayor Edgardo Labella said Tuesday, despite reduced public transportation after 2 months of strict lockdown.

"It's somewhat encouraging because as of yesterday about 60 percent lang ang ating nakita na lumalabas. I think they are conscious...Ang mga tao medyo conscious na although we have opened up but with more reason we should be very vigilant," Labella told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(It's somewhat encouraging because as of yesterday about 60 percent went outside their homes. I think they are conscious...that although we have opened up we have more reason to be very vigilant.)

"Nagbukas tayo based on guidelines of the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) but this doesn’t mean we are complacent."

(We opened based on IATF guidelines but this doesn’t mean we are complacent.)

Some 120 buses were allowed to ply the streets of the metro while the city government offered free rides on 20 more to augment transportation as taxis have yet to operate, Labella said.

"'Yung cashless booking ini-install pa nila. It will take a little more time and a few more days para makapagoperate ang ating mga taxi," he said.

(They are still installing cashless booking. It will take a little more time and a few more days for taxis to operate.)

The city coordinated with neighbors Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, Labella said.

"We are adjacent to one another. Sa Lapu-Lapu nandoon 'yung airport, Mandaue is a manufacturing and industrialized city. Cebu is commercial and trade center kaya (so) we really have to work together kasi 80 percent of the economy of the island province of Cebu comes from these 3 cities," he said.

As of Monday, Cebu City has recorded 2,274 cases of COVID-19, with 917 recoveries and 27 deaths, the mayor said.

The high number of cases is due to the city's high capacity for testing, with some 10,000 tests conducted, he added.