No need to revert to GCQ – Labella

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Despite double-digit increase in Cebu City’s daily number of new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, Mayor Edgardo Labella sees no need to revert to a stricter community quarantine status.

“Everything is possible under the sun. But, at this point, I don’t think there is really a need for us to upgrade into GCQ (general community quarantine),” Labella said in a press briefing Monday.

The mayor earlier said that he might recommend putting the city back to GCQ if the recent rise in new Covid-19 cases will not stop. (

He, however, said the city government would first seek the opinion of health officials before making such moves.

“We would not just do it unilaterally without seeking the advice of the medical experts from the City Health Department and the Department of Health. These would really depend on the circumstances,” explained Labella.

“We are still very much far away from that situation unlike in other local governments,” he added.

Data from DOH in Central Visayas showed that the city’s number of active cases jumped back to 370 on January 10 after recording 49 additional patients with the infection on that day.