Southern Leyte tightens border controls amid 1st COVID-19 case in Leyte

By: Jani Arnaiz April 19,2020 - 04:29 PM

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Philippines — Southern Leyte province has tightened its border controls, implemented strict enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measures in its four checkpoints a few hours after the Department of Health (DOH) announced the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in neighboring Leyte province on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Governor Damian Mercado has added provisions on his EO 23 imposing stricter measures in checkpoints in the boundary of Southern Leyte with Leyte province.

Read more: LGUs tighten border controls as DOH confirms 1st COVID-19 case in Leyte

An addendum to EO 23 is that all workers who are not from the province and are working in Southern Leyte shall stay in the province during ECQ. Also workers in private construction companies shall be limited to only Southern Leytenos.

Livestock buyers and rice traders, who are not from Southern Leyte are not allowed entry.

Workers of line agencies who are not from the province but working here shall stay during the duration of their work.

Government officials outside from the province with transaction with Maasin City banks shall be specific to barangay or municipal treasurers.

Vehicle or diesel requirements from the checkpoints shall be provided by the city or municipalities concerned.

Early morning on Friday, the Eastern Visayas Department of Health Center of Health development (CHD), held a press conference confirming the first Leyte province COVID-19 positive case, a 58-year-old woman, bringing to five found positive of Covid-19 in Region Eight. 

But the DOH said that it was not a local transmission since the patient came from Guam and arrived in Leyte on March 21 in a private vehicle./dbs

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: border control, coronavirus, COVID-19, Leyte, Southern Leyte

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.