TREÑAS EXTENDS QUARANTINE: Defensor seen to make similar move

first_imgIloilo province and city started theirenhanced community quarantine on March 20. People were advised to stay at homeand go out only for basic and/or emergency purchases and matters such as buyingmedicines and food. With a few exemptions, all public and private offices,schools, churches, and businesses temporarily ceased their operations. BY IME SORNITO and GLENDA TAYONA The city’s chief executive is takingcue from the national government which extended the enhanced communityquarantine in Luzon Island up to April 30. Limiting the movement of people aimsto also limit or even stop the transmission of COVID-19 ILOILO City – Two more weeks. Theenhanced community quarantine in this city would be extended, announced MayorJerry Treñas on Tuesday night. According to Treñas, the extensionwill be until April 30. He consulted, among others, medicaldoctors and businessmen before deciding, he stressed. The quarantine, which placed about 110 millionpeople under quarantine, was set to be lifted by midnight of April 13. As of April 7, the Philippines recorded 3,660cases of COVID-19 and 163 fatalities./PN Only vital establishments are allowedto operate such as hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations,among others.  Public transport stopped,too. “We are doing this because we understand ourresponsibilities as the regional center for trade in Western Visayas,” saidTreñas. The measure suspended public transportation,prohibited mass gatherings and even ordered the temporary closure of somebusinesses, excluding hospitals, groceries and drug stores, and other essentialestablishments. In Iloilo province, Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr. is seriously considering the same. He cited the rising number ofpersons under monitoring (PUMs) for possible coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) infection. “Angdirection naton, ma-extend kita. Maybetomorrow (April 8) ang desisyon mahumanna aton,” he said on Tuesday. The number of PUMs is rising, he said,due to the assiduous contract tracing being made every time a COVID-19 case isconfirmed. The quarantine period in both thiscity and Iloilo province are scheduled to end on April 14. A curfew is also being enforced from 8 p.m. to5 a.m. PUMs are being subjected to 14 days ofhome quarantine. On Defensor’s part, he said thequarantine extension in the province would likely be until April 30, too. In Metro Manila on Tuesday, President RodrigoDuterte approved the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantineuntil April 30, the interagency task force on COVID-19 announced. LOOK: COVID-19 FILM SHOWING FOR CURFEW VIOLATORS. The Iloilo City Police Office gathered these individuals who defied quarantine rules at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand for a film showing about #COVID-19. ICPO Facebook As of April 7, the number of confirmedCOVID-19 cases in the province was at 13. “We are at war with something we can’t see,”said Treñas.last_img read more