MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government said Thursday it was suspending for 14 days return trips of stranded individuals to Eastern Visayas to control the local transmission of COVID-19.
Quarantine facilities in Region 8 could no longer accommodate more individuals, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.
“Sa ngayon ay puno ang kanilang isolation facilities, so kung darating na naman ang LSI (locally stranded individuals), ang problema nila ay papaano nila mai-quarantine itong mga LSI na ito,” Año said.
(For now, the quarantine facilities there are full so there will be a problem if locally stranded individuals return.)
Stranded individuals from Luzon will instead be gathered together for the meantime while Region 8 prepares its isolation facilities, he added.
“Ang gagawin natin for 14 days, ang lahat ng pupunta sa Region 8 ay iipunin nalang muna natin, pagkatapos ihahatid natin ng barko after matapos ‘yung 14 days at ready naman na ang kanilang isolation facilities,” he said.
(For 14 days, we will pool all those planning to return to Region 8 and then we will transport them by ship after 14 days. Their quarantine facilities will be ready by then.)
The Department of Health has identified Cebu island and parts of Eastern Visayas as new hotspots of the COVID-19 outbreak as cases of the disease continued to rise in these areas.