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COVID-19 cases spike after the holiday.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | January 15, 2022
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The aftermath of the holidays felt in Subic and Pampanga due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in many areas. The local government and private sectors are re-implementing measures and health protocols under Alert Level 3 to provide locals and tourists safety, like liquor ban and mandatory use of vaccination cards upon entry.

Clark Freeport Zone is under Alert Level 3 until January 31

Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is among the places in the Philippines that reverted to Alert Level 3 until January 31 due to the rising COVID-19 cases. The National Inter-agency Task Force announced the new alert level for Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and Calabarzon last January 14. [1]

Angeles City implements a liquor ban to curve the COVID-19 surge.

As part of their preventive measures against COVID-19, Angeles City implements a liquor ban that prohibits the consumption and distribution of alcoholic beverages [2].

The liquor ban will be effective until January 15 as part of an executive order issued by Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. The liquor ban is implemented due to the rapid number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

Pampanga is under Alert Level 3—which limits the movements of tourists and locals.

Subic Freeport entrance requires vaccination cards.

Heads up to those visiting Subic Freeport: entry will be stricter as only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to lessen the spread of COVID-19 [3].

SBMA Chair and Administrator Wilma Eisma further that local law enforces will require vaccination cards at the entrance. It is part of SBMA's safety and health protocols to prevent the spike of COVID-19 cases. In addition, Eisma stated that interzonal and intrazonal movements would be allowed. Unvaccinated folks will also need to show negative RT-PCR tests that were taken within 24 hours before arrival. However, some public places can only be accessed by fully vaccinated individuals due to health protocols.

Subic recorded 36 active cases after the holidays under Alert Level 3.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots rollout begins in Angeles City

As of January 6, Angeles City has begun to administer booster shots against COVID-19 as part of the "Sundo Bakuna sa Barangay" program [4]. The booster shots vaccination sites are at the City College of Angeles and Angeles City National High School.

According to the city’s chief implementer of the vaccination initiative, the booster shots will be via appointment. All interested individuals must also be fully vaccinated on or before July 4, 2021. As for the vaccine supplies, city health officer Verona Guevarra confirmed it's enough for the vaccination of eligible residents.

Three Pampanga cities record spike in COVID-19 infections

Three cities in Pampanga are seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases as of January 6, 2022 [5]. Part of the three cities include, San Fernando, Angeles City, and Mabalacat. Mabalacat records 21 active cases from its 27 villages: Bundagul, Dapdap Dau, Mabiga, San Francisco, and Sapang Biabas.

As for San Fernando, 105 active cases were recorded as of January 6—which came from 24 out of 35 villages.

Lastly, Angeles City records 56 active cases from 15 out of 33 villages.

These three cities were COVID-19 free last Christmas. Pampanga is under Alert Level 3.

Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more travel and COVID-19 updates and guidelines in Central Luzon!

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. However, while we are making our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable, and the situation develops rapidly. Hence, some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.


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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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