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One quarantine breaker forces Mayor Cari to lock down Baybay City village for 48 hours

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TACLOBAN CITY – A village in Baybay City was placed under a 48-hour lockdown on Wednesday after a returning resident breached quarantine protocols and went straight home.

Mayor Jose Carlos Cari signed Executive Order 68 on Wednesday night enforcing immediate movement restriction in Pangasugan village until 9 p.m. on Friday.

In a statement, Cari said the returnee arrived on May 23 and had a prior arrangement with village officials to undergo home quarantine without notifying the city government.

He did not give other details about the returning resident, including the person’s place of origin.

“This is a clear breach of protocol and disregard for the safety of others and the community. We immediately isolated the person on Monday and swab specimen has also been collected from the returnee,” Cari added.

As directed, no resident can go out of the community during the lockdown except for emergencies or when a resident needs medical attention or when approved by the inter-agency task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“The personnel of the city health office will be deployed to contact trace and locate those individuals who had close contact with the returnee,” Cari said.

The city government has also imposed a liquor ban and ordered a temporary closure of businesses within the community.

The city social welfare office has already distributed food packs to all families in Pangasugan to augment their supply during the lockdown.

“We will continue accepting returning residents and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for as long as they follow the protocols for the safety of the city. I hope this incident will serve as a reminder to our village officials for unity and strict compliance of health protocols,” Cari said.

According to the Department of Health, two cases have been confirmed in Baybay City since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country – a locally-stranded person who arrived on May 21 from Metro Manila and a repatriated OFW who arrived on May 25. (PNA)