The government on Tuesday said there was no more need to postpone big public events to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but urged event organizers to take precautionary measures.

Three Cabinet departments made the announcement in a joint statement.

“The Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Tourism (DOT) would like to assure everyone that it is safe to organize and attend public gatherings, meetings and festivals as long as all precautionary measures identified by the DOH are observed,” the department said.

On Monday, the DOH said 171 patients under investigation (PUIs) were admitted in various health facilities, while 350 patients were discharged.

“The decrease in our admitted PUIs reflect the Department’s strengthened surveillance, assessment, and management interventions for the COVID-19 Health Event. Although we see a decreasing trend, the Department will not be complacent and will be more vigilant as we brace for the possibility of local transmission in our country,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

The DOH said 453 PUIs tested negative for the 2019 novel coronavirus while 22 cases had pending test results. The rest have yet to submit samples for testing. (