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By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In the next 24 hours, use of air conditioning units in all public transportation in the Province of Cebu will be prohibited.

This is one of the Provincial Government’s mitigating measures initiated to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said that there is a possibility of passengers’ contamination of the virus inside air-conditioned buses, v-hires, taxis, and GrabCar units because of the closed environment. 

This happens when one of the passengers, who might have the diseases, sneezes and the water droplets become airborne.

At present, Cebu has one positive case of COVID-19 admitted at the Chong Hua Hospital in Mandaue City.

“Now think of it. Sulod kag air-conditioned nga bus, bisan pa og nag one-seat apart mo kon ni atsing nang naa sa atubangan nimo unya sirado ang tibuok bus unya kanang ni atsing duna na diay coronavirus. This could be carried in the air og mahimo mahanggap sa uban sulod sa maong bus,” Garcia explained in a press conference on Tuesday, March 24. 

She will be issuing another Executive Order to implement this measure which will take effect in the next 24 hours to give leeway to the public transportation sector.

Buses, taxis, v-hires, and GrabCars will be required to open their windows to allow the fresh air to come in.

“Sagdi nalang og init kay ang virus dili mabuhi og init mas mabuhi nianing sirado or aircon nga atmosphere,” she said.

Meanwhile, Garcia encouraged the private vehicle owners to open their car windows as well, unless for security reasons.

The governor also urged the public to maintain healthy lifestyle on top of practicing proper hygiene.

“I ask the public get some sunshine, vitamin D. We have so much sunlight,” the governor added.

Garcia said the Provincial Government is distributing Vitamin C to health centers and procuring more to distribute for free to its component towns and cities. (Mylen Manto)