MANILA - Negros Occidental province will extend the lockdown of its nearly 3 million residents for another 2 weeks to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Wednesday as the province confirmed its first case of the respiratory disease.
Lacson told reporters he would sign later Wednesday an executive order extending the home quarantine of all households until April 30.
One out of 135 residents with symptoms of COVID-19 tested positive for the disease, said Lacson. Four others from the group were waiting for their test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa and the Western Visayas Medical Center in neighboring Iloilo province, he said.
The province's first and only COVID-19 patient has since tested negative twice for the disease, said the governor.
Local authorities are monitoring 129 people with symptoms of the disease, including 8 who interacted with the province's first COVID-19 patient, said Lacson.
Negros Occidental has been under lockdown since March 30, which suspended public transport, work and classes.
Luzon, home to half of the country's 100 million people, is also under lockdown until April 30 to halt the spread of the pandemic.
The health department as of Tuesday confirmed 3,764 cases of COVID-19 nationwide, with 177 deaths and 84 patients who recovered.