Davao Region to suspend travel starting March 19 over coronavirus fears


Posted at Mar 17 2020 07:15 PM

MANILA - Davao Region will be closed to all land, sea and domestic air travel starting Thursday, March 19, a task force overseeing the government's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic said Tuesday.

The suspension of travel in and out of Region 11 will last for 14 days, the Davao Region COVID-19 Task Force said.

It may be reduced to 7 days, subject to daily assessment by health authorities, the task force added.

The task force, created by the Regional Peace and Order Council and Regional Development Council, will be headed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

To date, the Philippines has 187 cases of COVID-19, with 12 fatalities and 4 recoveries.

Davao Region on Sunday recorded its first case of the new strain of the coronavirus -- a 21-year-old woman who is confined at the Davao Regional Medical Center.

The patient, tagged as PH130 or patient 130, arrived in the Philippines from the United Kingdom on Feb. 29. She had a layover in Qatar before proceeding to Davao City. - With a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News