EASTERN Visayas has temporarily closed its borders to arriving locally stranded individuals (LSIs) for two weeks starting on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, after experiencing a sudden increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases 7 advised LSIs in Cebu who are bound for provinces in Eastern Visayas not to proceed with travel plans to avoid being stranded there.
On Aug. 19, Eastern Visayas, which is composed of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Leyte and Southern Leyte, had 2,248 Covid-19 cases, of which 851 were active.
Ten days later, the number rose to 2,726 cases, of which 1,098 were active, based on the Department of Health (DOH) data.
The DOH said 57.7 percent or 1,293 of the cases are LSIs.
This prompted governors in Eastern Visayas to ban the entry of LSIs for two weeks.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government had issued a memorandum enjoining all local government units to undertake necessary actions in the management of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and LSIs.
Since Aug. 1, the Cebu Port Authority said a total of 6,249 inbound and 12,392 outbound passengers composed of LSIs, OFWs and authorized persons outside of residence have passed through the Cebu Baseport. (WBS)