Returning LSIs, OFWs overwhelm quarantine facilities

THE continuing arrival of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) has overwhelmed quarantine facilities in Negros Occidental.

Dr. Zeapahard Caelian, Provincial Incident Management Team head, said on Friday, September 18, 2020, a total of 261 LSIs arrived in the province via 2Go Malasakit voyage, while 35 arrived aound 3 p.m. Sunday. The LSIs were from Manila.

OFWs are also arriving almost every day at the Bacolod-Silay Airport. Caelian said LSIs from Cebu are also arriving as local government units have sent ambulances and buses to fetch them via Tabuelan.

Caelian said more LSIs are returning to the province as 14 are also expected to arrive on Monday through the Coast Guard or the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources vessel.

Aside from returning LSIs and OFWs, those affected through local Covid-19 transmission are also catered at the quarantine facilities.

As of September 17, Negros Occidental has a total of 2,430 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 1,420 active cases, 962 recoveries and 48 deaths.

Of the confirmed cases, 569 are LSIs, 208 are returningo overseas Filipinos, 36 are authorized persons outside residence, 1,301 are domestic and 114 are frontliners.


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