MANILA - Bohol province will temporarily seal its borders for a week as part of its "preventive measure" against the spread of COVID-19, the provincial government said Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said the capital region would be placed on lockdown.
The province will not accept visitors coming from areas outside Bohol Island from March 16 to March 20, 2020, the provincial government said in a statement.
Residents, however, can leave the province.
Authorities designated the former Tagbilaran City Airport and Capitol Annex Building as isolation centers, in case someone gets infected with COVID-19 in Bohol.
Social distancing is also imposed, and events with huge gatherings are suspended.
Duterte earlier said domestic land, air and sea travel to and from Metro Manila will be suspended from March 15 to April 14, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19.
At least 52 people in the Philippines were infected by the virus that originated from Wuhan, China. As of March 12, 5 of the 52 patients died, while 2 recovered from the disease.--with a report from Donna Lavares, ABS-CBN News