Sara Duterte orders Davao City malls closed amid nationwide COVID-19 alert

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2020 03:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2020 05:01 PM

MANILA (UPDATE)- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday ordered malls and mixed-use buildings in the southern city to temporarily close starting Friday to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The closure from 11:59 p.m. will cover all shops in malls and mixed-use buildings "except their supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, mall in-house department stores, medical laboratories, [and] doctors and dentists' offices," said the mayor.

The closure will last "until after the state of public health emergency is lifted," Duterte-Carpio said in her executive order. 

Duterte-Carpio, in a separate executive order, also directed the following establishments to be closed starting 5 p.m. Thursday until the state of public health emergency is lifted: all internet shops, gaming stations, billiard halls, videokes, basketball courts, badminton courts, bowling alleys, movie houses, bingo outlets, e-gaming establishments, lotto outlets, kid’s playrooms, video arcades, spas, massage parlors, beauty salons/parlors and carnivals or peryahan.

Her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, on March 9 placed the Philippines under a state of public health emergency to arrest COVID-19's spread. As of Wednesday, Philippines has registered 217 cases, including 17 deaths and 8 patients who recovered. 

He also placed the entire country under a state of calamity in a bid to contain the outbreak. 

Authorities closed the entire Davao Region to all sea, land and domestic air travel for 2 weeks starting Thursday as a precaution against the respiratory disease. 

- Report from Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News