NegOcc guv eyes GCQ extension after May 15

first_imgBACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said he is eyeing an extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Negros Occidental after May 15 due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).This province transitioned to GCQ on May 1 after being under a month-long enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), easing some restrictions in public transportation and allowing some business establishments to partially operate.“Personally, I’d like to continue with the GCQ. Anyways, there are a lot of sectors already allowed to return to society. We haven’t really warmed ourselves up under a GCQ. I’m for the extension of the GCQ. I don’t think we’re that ready to just open up and allow everybody to just go out,” the governor said Thursday.According to Lacson, GCQ is “a perfect quarantine model” for this province for now.He said that he is leaving it to the local government units (LGUs), which is composed of 19 towns and 12 cities, to decide whether they need to continue imposing stringent measures for their constituents while this province is under GCQ.“I will not interpose any objection, but under GCQ, they can ease these measures. Maybe what they can do is just check the body temperature of people going out. But again, I give the LGUs some leeway on how to manage the present situation,” he added.As the province transitioned to GCQ, Lacson issued Executive Order 20-23, stating the movement of people is limited to accessing basic necessities and work at most, while uniformed personnel will still be present at border checkpoints.The governor said Negrenses should continue to adopt preventive measures during the implementation of the GCQ such as social distancing, mandatory 14-day quarantine for returning residents and mandatory use of face mask – all were provided in his previous executive orders issued.This city, the provincial capital, on the other hand, remains under ECQ until May 15.Public utility buses and jeepneys cannot transport passengers from other towns and cities in Negros Occidental to here until the ECQ is lifted.Lacson said that he respects the decision of the city officials here to continue with the ECQ which was allowed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).“It’s only a matter of days. Before you know it’s already May 15. Based on the information we received from the IATF, it seems that many of the LGUs will be downgraded to GCQ,. Probably Bacolod will be included,” he added.As of Thursday, Negros Occidental has six confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the two with positive test results released on Wednesday.Patients No. 5 and No. 6 are among the 27 seafarers who arrived in the province aboard the 2GO Group’s “Malasakit Voyage” on April 28.(With a report from PNA/PN) Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson says Thursday he is eyeing an extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Negros Occidental after May 15 due to the ongoing scare of the coronavirus disease 2019. Lacson considers GCQ as “a perfect quarantine model” for this province for now. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTALlast_img

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