Areas outside Metro Manila take measures vs. COVID-19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2020 11:20 AM | Updated as of Mar 15 2020 02:10 PM

People take a ride at a bus station along Buendia Avenue in Pasay City on Friday, 2 days before the scheduled imposition of the “community quarantine” of Metro Manila on March 15. ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - Some areas outside Metro Manila have implemented quarantine and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the capital region began Sunday its month-long community quarantine.

Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, was also placed under community quarantine Sunday as there is a “need immediately to be aggressive and proactive on the impending spread of COVID-19” in the city.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the city mayor, prohibited flights from Clark Airport in Pampanga to the city. 

She earlier urged nearby local government units (LGUs) to designate a quarantine area for persons suspected of carrying the virus.

"Otherwise, I will close Davao City and you will have no access to hospitals and other essential services. Nagsasakripisyo na ang Davao City ng walang lockdown para sa inyo, gumawa naman kayo ng action," she said Sunday on her Instagram account.

"The reason why they closed Metro Manila is to save the rest of the country. And buy other LGUs time. All LGUs now have to prepare a PUI quarantine area that is not your hospital," she said.

The province of Ilocos Norte was placed under community quarantine as well beginning Saturday, while Cotabato City said it will implement the same measure starting Monday.

Two villages in Floridablanca town in Pampanga, meantime, were placed under a 10-day community quarantine from 12 noon of March 14, Saturday, to 12 noon of March 24, Tuesday.

The town imposed the quarantine after a case of COVID-19, involving a member of the Indigenous Peoples, was confirmed in the area.

Zamboanga City suspended all incoming land, sea, and air transport beginning 12 noon Monday, with the exception of delivery of goods.

Duterte placed Metro Manila under community quarantine from March 15 to April 14 due to “sustained community transmission” of the COVID-19.

--With a report from Trisha Mostoles, ABS-CBN News