In the past few weeks, things have been relatively quiet in Boracay. Further south, as public transportation and establishments started to resume operations, the local government of Iloilo City allowed citizens and minors to go out of their houses. Meanwhile, a town in Iloilo province tightened quarantine measures after 13 new cases were recorded. In Region 6, mercy trips for stranded individuals coming to Iloilo and Bacolod were put on hold for two weeks. Read on for the details.
Lockdown Updates: Alimodian forced back to ECQ
Alimodian, Iloilo was forced to implement enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last June 30, 2020, after 13 of its residents tested positive for COVID-19 . The new cases in the town are part of the total 33 new cases in the region, according to data released by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD 6) in Western Visayas. Among the confirmed cases are five health workers: a medical technologist, a nurse, and three midwives. According to Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, head of DOH-CHD 6’s Infectious Disease Section, all cases are asymptomatic and are now quarantined in a facility.
Travel News: Trips to Region 6 for stranded individuals on halt
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, a two-week suspension of trips for locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to Region 6 has been approved by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The suspension took effect last June 28, 2020 at the main ports and seaports of Iloilo and Bacolod. The halt was enforced because the arriving LSIs are responsible for the spread of the virus in the region. The local government units asked for the suspension and are coming up with a better procedure to curb the spread .
Shopping Updates: Iloilo senior citizens can now enter malls
The Iloilo City Government eased restrictions on the movement of senior citizens, allowing them to go to malls and even transact with banks. Those 60 years old and older, however, must observe physical distancing and wear face masks at all times. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas also added that this will be good for the physical and mental well-being of senior citizens .
Global News: 16 states in the United States roll back reopening plans
The United States saw a surge of COVID-19 cases across the country and has rolled back on easing lockdown restrictions in 16 states. In parts of California and Texas, bars were forced to close, while the beaches in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach are now off-limits. Alcohol consumption in Florida is suspended in bars as well. Some states with low cases have also readjusted their plans on resuming operations for indoor dining .
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