LGUs urged to pass ordinance on mandatory use of face masks in Luzon

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LGUs urged to pass ordinance on mandatory use of face masks in Luzon

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) — The Interior Department on Monday urged all local government units in Luzon to pass their own ordinances requiring the use of face masks in public to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This comes after the pronouncement of Inter-agency Task Force spokesperson Karlo Nograles that all residents and workers need to wear surgical masks or similar covers when they leave their homes. He said the order will last until the end of Luzon quarantine, which is on April 12.

Without the presence of an ordinance and clear sanctions, the Philippine National Police can only reprimand people who will not wear face covers in public.

The coronavirus disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze.

The World Health Organization on Monday stood by its recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick.

The country has recorded 3,246 patients with the viral disease, with 152 dead. Only 64 have recovered so far