Zamboanga Sibugay goes for stringent measures following spike of COVID-19 cases due to local transmission

By Antonio Manaytay

Zamboanga Sibugay goes for stringent measures to contain the spike of COVID-19 after the province has logged new cases due to local transmission.

Gov. Wilter Palma, in issuing the order, cited theΒ  β€œsteady increase of COVID-19 cases in the province attributed to local transmission.”

As of October 16, the provincial Task Force on COVID-19 has recorded 16 new cases in nine days. The total recorded cases rose to 59 from 43 cases on October 7 with one active case.

Some of these new cases were attributed to local transmission.

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In the order, Palma declared a province-wide curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The new order also suspended temporarily the distribution of modules in schools.

He directed the heads of both public and private schools to β€œdetermine possible alternatives in distributing its modules.”

On mass gatherings, the order limits the β€œnumber of attendees in every gathering” shall be 50 percent of the seating/ venue capacity.

Palma also ordered stricter measures governing Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR).

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He advised all persons below 21 years old and senior citizens to stay at home. The restriction of movement of persons also covered those who have β€œimmunodeficiency, co-morbidity, or other health risks.”

While the order has temporarily closed entertainment and tourism establishments, it allows hotel and dine-in services to operate at 50 percent of their capacity.

The order, Palma said, takes effect October 15 and shall β€œremain to be in force until further notice.”

Palma will hold a public address at 4 p.m. Monday, October 19 over radio stations his family operates.

The neighboring provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Norte have also upped their measures against COVID-19.


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