Gwen assures: No lockdown in Cebu

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Amid ongoing efforts to contain coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the province would not be placed on lockdown anytime soon.

Garcia also urged the public not to panic and to remain calm.

“There is no lockdown. There is no need to panic. Please stay calm and please listen to your government. Listen to your governor,” she added.

According to the governor, stringent measures are in place to fight entry and spread of the virus, such as her executive orders closing Cebu’s borders to domestic flights and passengers. (

Movement of cargoes and other supplies, however, will be unhampered.

“If the entry of supplies is unimpeded, then there is no reason to fear that our supermarkets and pharmacies will run out of goods,” said Garcia, warning everyone against the hoarding of food and other essential goods.

Cebu recorded its first confirmed case of Covid-19 last March 18 – a 65-year-old man admitted at Chong Hua Hospital in Mandaue City.