The province of Cebu will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in a bid to stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Under Executive Order No. 5-N signed on March 25 by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu province will be under enhanced community quarantine starting 12:01 a.m. of March 27, Friday.
During this period, entry of all persons arriving on international flights in the province will be banned.
Outbound passenger, however, will still be allowed to leave the province, and the movement of all cargo in airports and seaports will not be restricted during the community quarantine period.
“Basic and essential goods, and other necessities shall be given priority over other goods,” the order read.
The EO also mandated the police, military and other government security forces assigned in the province to assist in the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
Garcia said she is set to meet with local chief executives to discuss the measures which will be carried out during the quarantine period.
She has also asked the Provincial Board to hold an emergency session on Thursday to place the entire province under a state of emergency, which would allow authorities to access emergency funds for COVID-19 response.
Cebu province so far has one confirmed COVID-19 patient while there are nine “presumptive” positive cases recorded in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Gladys Toabi)
An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Cebu province has eight “presumptive” positive cases recorded in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. Revision has been made.
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