Baguio City noted an increase in the number of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections among children aged one to 17 years old.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said a total of 164 confirmed cases had been recorded in said age group from Aug. 1 to 20.
“We have seen increase of cases comprising of persons who belong to said age group and this should be taken seriously considering that our youth is vulnerable in this time of pandemic owing to the fact that they are not yet qualified to receive the (vaccines),” the mayor noted as he ordered last Aug. 21 a stricter home restriction for them until Aug. 29.
He reiterated his appeal to parents and households to also prioritize protection of their younger family members as what is being done for other susceptible members like the elderly and the ailing.
“Their protection against this virus is reliant on the protection taken by the adults who they interact with and with whom they share households,” he said.
“Households should also implement safety measures like disinfection, physical distancing and quarantine especially those with symptoms. Adults should avail of vaccination once available because it will not only protect themselves but their children who are not vaccinated as well,” the mayor reiterated. /Aileen P. Refuerzo