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Iligan City imposes ‘quarantine passes’ as COVID-19 cases rise

CAGAYAN de Oro City–Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia has required “quarantine passes” to limit the movement of residents and non-residents here effective Friday.

The national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has placed Iligan City, 88 kilometers west of here, under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) effective June 1, 2020.

In an Executive Order No. 91, series of 2020, Regencia encouraged to limit movements, external to home, unless it is for work or to buy necessities, because of the upsurge of COVID-19 through local transmission.

For the past two weeks, the local health officials reported on 12 cases of positive COVID-19 patients who are currently quarantined in the city’s quarantine units.

He said that EO No. 91 limits the movement of all residents and non-residents within this city by imposing the use of “Quarantine Passes (without color coding).”

“Quarantine Passes” shall be used strictly for purchasing essential goods and services, unless there is a need to leave home due to some indispensable reasons and/or emergencies.

Office work or industries are still permitted to operate, but workers and employees must have company identification card readily available when asked at any of the city’s checkpoints.

As of August 7, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao, has reported on 24 COVID-19 positive cases in Iligan City.

Of the 24 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 13 patients are on a quarantine status, five are still in the hospital, four has recovered while two patients expired.

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