Cebu province now on ‘lockdown’ to prevent COVID-19 spread

Cebu province now on ‘lockdown’ to prevent COVID-19 spread

- Cebu province has been placed under enhanced community quarantine on Thursday

- All international flights going to Cebu have been suspended as well during the quarantine period

- Hotels and other businesses in Cebu City were ordered to temporarily close to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

- According to the Department of Health (DOH), the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cebu was in Mandaue City

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Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia announced on Thursday that the entire province will be placed under enhanced community quarantine or “lockdown” to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

KAMI learned that all international flights entering Cebu province are suspended as well.

"As of 12:01, we will no longer be accepting passengers arriving via international flights from any point of the world," Garcia told CNN Philippines on Thursday.

According to a report by CNN Philippines, Garcia signed Executive Order No. 5-N on March 25, imposing the enhanced community quarantine over the entire Province of Cebu.

"There is an urgent need to put the entire Province of Cebu under a state of enhanced community quarantine to allow the more stringent measures to be implemented," it read in the document.

However, all the cargos in airports and seaports will not be restricted. All deliveries of basic and essential goods will be prioritized.

As reported by the Cebu Daily News (authored by Morexette Marie B. Erram and Rosalie Abatayo), the Department of Health (DOH) recorded the first confirmed case of COVID-19 case in Cebu province in Mandaue City.

In addition, the health department said that there are eight “presumptive” COVID-19 cases in Cebu.

In a report by the Inquirer, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered hotels and businesses or establishments not selling commodities to temporarily shut down during the enhanced community quarantine.

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As of posting time, the DOH recorded a total of 707 COVID-19 cases in the entire Philippines. However, the death toll has risen to 45 and 28 patients have recovered.

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