Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said family members should wear face masks inside their homes, especially if if physical distancing inside the home cannot be practiced.

“Isipin natin ngayon ang transmission ngayon ay buong pamilya na, pami-pamilya… rich or poor talagang buong pamilya,” Año said in an interview with GMA News on August 10.

[Let us be aware that at present the transmission involves every family. Rich or poor, it’s the whole family.]

“Ang pinaka-importante dyan, kung talagang hindi nila maiiwasan, talagang magsuot sila ng mask. Advisable din ‘yung face shield dyan,” said Año.

[The most important thing about that is, if you really can’t avoid it, they really have to wear a mask. Wearing a face shield is also advisable.]

Netizens challenged the recommendation’s soundness.

Former Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) adviser Dr. Tony Leachon agreed with Año.

Earlier, the public, especially motorcycle riders, also questioned the DILG’s order for motorcycle riders to put a barrier between themselves, following approved government prototypes. Motorcycle riders were allowed to ride with their spouse or partner under general community quarantine.

Today is the seventh day of the re-imposed lockdown or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila after health workers requested a “time out” due to the rise in cases and congestion in Metro Manila hospitals. The classification would expire on August 18 and President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce new guidelines.

Also on August 10, the Department of Health reported a new record high number of COVID-19 cases in a day with 6,958 cases.



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