Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia placed Cebu under enhanced community quarantine beginning Friday, March 27.
The governor signed Wednesday evening, March 25, Executive Order no. 5-N was putting the province under the total lockdown.
Garcia declared quarantine after DOH Central Visayas reported that there are now 9 “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19 in Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and other cities of Cebu as of March 25, 2020.
Cebu government also suspended all international flights at Mactan Cebu International Airport effective by midnight on Friday, March 27. Any passenger, Filipino or foreign national will no longer be allowed to enter Cebu.
Cebu placed under enhanced community quarantine
Garcia emphasized that despite the total lockdown, outbound travels were not suspended. Transport of cargo and essential goods will also continue to avoid food shortage.
“There shall be no restriction on the movement of any and all cargo on any and all airports and seaports within the province of Cebu during the period of the enhanced community quarantine. Basic and essential goods and other necessities shall be given priority over other goods,” an excerpt from the EO reads.
Cebu has one confirmed case of COVID-19, while four with symptoms died already as of March 25. Two of the deceased tested negative of the pandemic coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the country has 636 cases of COVID-19, with 38 deaths and 26 recoveries as of yesterday.