Bacolod 'not ready' to lift quarantine

BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said Tuesday, June 30, that they are waiting for the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte on the quarantine classification after the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in Bacolod ended on June 30.

"We will wait for the announcement of the President, but personally for me, we will remain under MGCQ because we still have new cases of Covid-19," said Familiaran, chairperson of Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid-19.

He said the city is not yet ready to lift the quarantine because of the new cases of Covid-19, adding that if the city will remain under MGCQ, Mayor Evelio Leonardia will also amend the Executive Order 43.

Familiaran also denied the report that circulated on social media that Bacolod will be back to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) because of the surge of the number of Covid-19 cases.

"It's not true because we don't have a local transmission here. Our new confirmed Covid-19 cases were all locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)," Familiaran said.

The Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayas reported Tuesday, June 30, five new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Bacolod City.

The new patients are 25-year-old female, a 29-year-old female, 35-year-old female, 41-year-old female, and 26-year old male, all are in quarantine facilities in the city.

As of June 29, a total of 410 LSIs and OFWs in Bacolod City were also tested negative for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson issued an executive order extending the duration of MGCQ over the entire province of Negros Occidental until July 15.


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