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TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) has tagged 18 communities in Eastern Visayas as coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) hotspots.

These areas have a clustering of cases or recorded at least three infected residents in the past two weeks, DOH 8 (Eastern Visayas) head, Minerva Molon, said in a statement on Friday, October 16.

In Samar, these are the villages of Dagum, Balud, Obrero, San Policarpio, Capoocan, Maulong, Rawis, Carmen, Poblacion 2, and Guindapunan, all in Catbalogan City, and Awang West and East, both in Calbayog City. read more

TACLOBAN CITY – PBGen. Ronaldo De Jesus, Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) Regional Director, is reiterating that Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) and all types of cargoes by land, air, or sea are exempt from undergoing mandatory quarantine and testing.

He said that this is based on the provisions of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, as adopted under E.O. No. 12, series 2020, stating that APORs and cargoes shall be allowed to transit across areas placed under any form of quarantine provided that minimum health standard shall be strictly observed and documentary requirements are complied with. read more

Tacloban still under GCQ – IATF

TACLOBAN CITY – The Interagency Task Force (IATF) has recommended extending a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in October in order to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this city.

However, Mayor Alfred Romualdez has already allowed the sale of liquor starting October 1 but bars and restaurants are still prohibited from serving alcohol in order to avoid social gatherings.

“We are allowing the sale of liquors but (they are) not allowed in bars and restaurants. We only allow the consumption at home and not in public,” Romualdez maintained. read more

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