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Aklan mayors implement month-long ban for returning residents

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Mayors of the local government units of Buruanga, Malay and Numancia in Aklan province temporarily stop accepting locally stranded individuals (LSIs) for a month.

This will give the local governments the opportunity to decongest their quarantine facilities, which are currently overwhelmed with coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients.

Buruanga mayor Concepcion Labindao issued an executive order on December 3 for the suspension of the repatriation of LSIs until January 2, 2021 to the municipality. The town recorded nine new cases of Covid-19 on December 6. (https://bit.ly/3qMah4E)

“Given the limited capacity of our Ligtas COVID Center, it becomes expedient to suspend the issuance of the Notice of Coordination for LSIs. Let us all be vigilant, follow our health protocols and, if not necessary to go outside, stay at home,” said Labindao.

Numancia town mayor Jeserel Templonuevo also issued a similar executive order but the suspension period is from December 15 to January 14, 2021. The municipality has the second highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Aklan with 34.

Meanwhile, Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista decided to suspend the return of LSIs from December 5 to January 4, 2021.

As of December 9, Aklan had 355 confirmed cases, 96 of which are active cases.