Public transport suspended in Aklan over Covid-19


Following the three confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Aklan province, Governor Florencio Miraflores ordered the suspension of all public transport, including the sea traffic in Boracay Island, Malay town.

Yesterday, Miralflores issued Executive Order No. (EO) 20-B, which states that essential private and public establishments like banks, remittance centers, laundry shops, bakeries, gas and water refilling stations, supermarkets, pawnshops, fast food restaurants, hospitals, clinics, media establishments, drugstores, and pharmacies are encouraged to provide transportation services to employees coming in or leaving their workplaces.

The EO, however, will not be applicable to cargo trucks and to government and private vehicles. (

As of this writing, this province has three confirmed positive cases and 3,800 persons under monitoring of the Covid-19, the latest figures from the Provincial Health Office-Aklan (PHO-Aklan) showed.

The three Aklanons who tested positive for the virus are the following:

*Patient No. 5 – An 81-year-old male with a history of travel to Manila on March 10. He was admitted to the Aklan Provincial Hospital on March 16 and was discharged on March 21. Currently, he is under home quarantine in his residence in Libacao, Aklan.

*Patient No. 8 – A 68-year-old male from this capital town also had a travel history to Manila. He is currently admitted at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan since March 20.

The patient arrived here on March 6 and started to experience symptoms of the Covid-19 on March 14.

*Patient No. 13 – A 37-year-old male medical frontliner with history of travel to Manila. The patient is currently being treated at the Aklan Provincial Hospital in this capital town. On March 10, he manifested cough, sore throat, and colds, and was later classified as a person under investigation.

“Contact tracing is now being done to those persons who were able to keep in touch with the patients in the last two weeks,” said Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, chief of PHO-Aklan.

“We urge the public to do their part in mitigating the spread of coronavirus. The Provincial Health Office is asking the cooperation of all of us. The frontline health workers and medical personnel are risking their safety to respond to the needs of the public. We ask the public to practice preventive measures, stay at home or under quarantine, seek medical consultation, and help stop the spread of fake news,” Cuachon added.