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Mayor Esmeralda issues stay-at-home order after teachers contract virus

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Igbaras Mayor Jaime Esmeralda of Iloilo province urged his constituents to strictly observe home quarantine for now.

This, after the town logged 17 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Friday.

Twelve were elementary co-teachers of the index case; four were the index case’s classmates; and one was a close contact of a priest in Miag-ao town who recently succumbed to the virus. (https://bit.ly/3fIvjOb)

The new cases – all asymptomatic – were placed under strict home quarantine.

Meanwhile, the municipal government is enforcing the following protocols to curb the Covid-19 transmission:

* curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

* all residents below 18 and above 60 years old shall remain at home

* closure of all business establishments except for those with essential items sold

* market will have a “one exit, one entrance” policy

* stricter compliance to minimum health protocol

* no gambling and alcohol drinking

* no wake visits

* only one person is encouraged to go out for essential transactions

* no non-residents ambulant and market vendors

* closure of all resorts and tourist destinations

* no mass gatherings