More cities, provinces close borders in COVID-19 prevention


Posted at Mar 16 2020 12:20 PM

MANILA - More cities and provinces have declared community quarantine and closed off their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country, officials said Monday.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong placed the City of Pines under community quarantine and extended the suspension of classes in the city until April 12.

In Visayas, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered the same measure and signed executive order no. 21 restricting land, sea and air travel to and from the city, excluding the movement of goods and cargoes.

Negros Occidental also closed its borders, ports, and airports to travelers on Sunday until April 14, 2020, denying entry to non-residents, with or without symptoms of COVID-19, at the province's borders.

Cebu will also close its border for 30 days from domestic travelers beginning Tuesday, its Governor Gwen Garcia said.

Foreigners who arrive aboard international flights will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine, while Filipinos and holders of permanent resident visa will be recommended for home quarantine, Garcia added.

Ilocos Norte and Davao City earlier imposed community quarantine after President Rodrigo Duterte restricted the movement of some 12.8 million residents of Metro Manila due to "sustained community transmission" of COVID-19.

Zamboanga City also suspended all incoming land, sea, and air transport beginning 12 noon Monday, with the exception of delivery of goods.