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Gov Degamo OKs 14-day lockdown for Guihulngan City

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The Negros Oriental Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Monday allowed the local government unit (LGU) of Guihulngan City to declare a state of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) following a surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the locality.

Governor Roel Degamo is expected to sign a resolution adopting the Guihulngan City measure, “subject to the concurrence of the Regional IATF-EID”, said Bimbo Miraflor, Capitol public information officer.

The Guihulngan City LGU passed a resolution over the weekend for the ECQ declaration for 14 days starting Oct. 25 to give ample time for extensive contact tracing, disinfection, and other pro-active measures to stop the spread of the virus. The City Hall will be on lockdown for a few days as well.

As of the latest count, Guihulngan has 11 active cases, with an uncertainty as to the source or sources of the infection.

Degamo met with the provincial IATF to discuss salient matters affecting the province about the spike in Covid-19 positive cases in recent days.

The province on Saturday reported the highest single-day jump in coronavirus Covid-19 cases.

Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, ground commander of the province’s IATF-EID, in a press briefing here disclosed that they received 23 new positive results on Friday evening.

Estacion said the new cases include two in Bayawan City; one in Basay; six in Zamboanguita; 11 in Guihulngan City; one at the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC) here; and two in La Libertad.

As of Oct. 24, the total of Covid-19 positive cases in Negros Oriental is 249, including six deaths, 189 recoveries, and 54 active cases, she said. (PNA)