Bishop Roberto Gaa of Novaliches. PHOTO FROM THE NOVALICHES DIOCESE

Filipino Bishop: Fight Against Coronavirus is ‘Everybody’s Responsibility’

Urges People to Follow Health Directives

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A Catholic bishop said efforts to thwart the coronavirus won’t work unless the public “would do their part”.

Bishop Roberto Gaa of Novaliches, Philippines, said the fight against the pandemic is everybody’s responsibility, reported CBCP News.

“First, we should take care of ourselves. Let us not pass this responsibility to others,” Bishop Gaa said.

“And if we do that, we also take care of our family and all the people we meet,” he said.

The bishop was urging the public to strictly follow the advised health protocols and avoid going out if not necessary.

According to him, this is a time to act together in order to combat a threat of this scale.

“If we do our part, we are also helping our [medical] frontliners,” Bishop Gaa pointed out.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are currently under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine until Aug. 18.

The decision was made after the medical societies called for a “time out” to refine pandemic control strategies as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

The Philippines posted 6,352 new Covid-19 cases on Aug. 4, raising the nationwide tally to 112,593.

The Health Department said there are 44,429 active cases undergoing medical treatment or quarantine.

The total number of recoveries is 66,049, while the death toll is 2,115.

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