IATF: Bacolod area requiring special attention; localized ECQ in high-risk area possible

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The Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of emerging infectious diseases has classified the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo as areas requiring special attention by the local government, regional IATF and the national task force.

In its Resolution No. 107-A, the IATF said that while Bacolod along with other areas in the Philippines were classified under Modified General Community Quarantine until the end of April, reclassification of the current quarantine status is possible.

The resolution stressed: “Reclassification may be warranted and the declaration of localized Enhanced Community Quarantine in critical areas.” In its previous announcement the Department of Health in Western Visayas has placed Bacolod under high-risk area after it recorded a significant number of cases for the last 2 weeks.

Click this link for a copy of the resolution issued by IATF.

As part of its preventive measure, Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the closure of the government center’s ground for any form of social gatherings. He also announced that resort owners in Brgy. Pta. Taytay and Pahanocoy voluntarily agreed to suspend their operations on Easter Sunday. The mayor said that based on historical data not less than 15,000 individuals would normally visit the beaches of Pta. Taytay and Pahanocoy on Easter Sunday.

As of yesterday, Bacolod has a total of 195 active cases.