“We should not (be) lax in applying the health protocols despite our fruitful effort to maximally control COVID-19 (from) spreading when some other countries saw an increase in positive cases," Monardo said here on Thursday.
Close cooperation between local and central governments, which involves all elements of the society, is crucial to curb COVID-19 spread.
The COVID-19 Response Task Force has recorded an increase in recoveries, while new cases have not shown a spike in the past few weeks, Monardo said. But, this does not guarantee that the situation will last for a long period, he cautioned.
“Once we neglect it (health protocols), the cases can easily increase,” Monardo, who is concurrently head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said.
Health protocols are crucial, but public cooperation is needed to implement them to stop transmission of the disease, he added.
“Togetherness, collective awareness are crucial,” he noted.
Monardo reiterated that COVID-19 is not a conspiracy by certain parties, but it is a pandemic that has killed more than one million people worldwide. (INE)
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