Southern Leyte capital, 3 towns shift to stricter quarantines

Southern Leyte capital, 3 towns shift to stricter quarantines

TACLOBAN CITY – The Southern Leyte provincial government has placed its capital and three towns in the province under stricter community quarantine status due to threats of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Pintuyan town was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) while the province’s capital of Maasin City and towns of Hinunangan and Liloan were placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) while the rest of the province is under modified GCQ.

“The concerned local governments are expected to impose zoning and containment strategy and are also reminded to ensure the strict implementation of the minimum health standard including the wearing of face masks, face shields, and physical distancing,” Governor Damian Mercado said in a statement on Monday.

Mercado issued an executive order on June 5 placing some areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) based on a resolution approved by members of the regional inter-agency task force on June 4.

There are at least 60 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 45 recoveries and 15 active cases in Pintuyan town as of June 5. Maasin City, on the other hand, has 628 cases, including 515 recoveries and 16 deaths.

In Maasin, the city government has mandated employees at the city hall to undergo rapid antigen tests as part of the measures to know who is infected to prevent the spread of the virus.

Hinunangan town has 32 Covid-19 cases with 26 recoveries and one death. The town of Liloan has 58 Covid-19 cases, including 43 recoveries.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health regional office in Eastern Visayas reported on June 5 another record high Covid-19 cases in a single day this year at 297, up from the 220 cases on June 4, there were 276 cases on June 3, and 258 cases on June 2.

The new active cases are from Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar.

As of June 7, the region has recorded 22,291 Covid-19 cases, including 20,425 recoveries, and 325 deaths. There are still 1,541 active cases in the region. (PNA)

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