By Franco Regala
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to surge in the province, with authorities on Saturday reporting three new cases, one death and thousands more as being investigated and under monitoring.
With the additional numbers, there are now six confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the province, according to data released by the provincial government.
Authorities said they are also closely monitoring 11, 290 persons/patients and investigating 98 others in various locations.
Pampanga Police Director PCol. Jean Fajardo said the police has been implementing a total lockdown in the entire province starting on Friday, March 27, to strictly monitor movements of people going in an out of Pampanga.
Despite the threat of COVID-19, she disclosed that many people seem to take the health crisis lightly.
“A lot of considerations have already been made since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), but it seems like a lot of people still don’t take the situation seriously,” Fajardo said.
She mentioned that 192 were nabbed for non-compliance of the quarantine protocols, such as the prohibition of social gathering, street gambling, liquor, and some more.
As the total lockdown takes effect, Fajardo said that non-essential workers will no longer be allowed to enter nor exit the province. They are advised to stay indoors as the 24-hour curfew has now come into force.
“However, our essential personnel, health workers, frontliners, and those who have extreme or medical cases are still allowed to pass through the control and border points along the provincial and national roads,” Fajardo stressed.
Private establishments which provide basic necessities are still allowed to operate only at the given market hours by the authority, she said.
Also, only the person in a household who possesses a valid quarantine pass is allowed to go out for needs.
Major control points along national and provincial roads will be manned by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) personnel, while all identified barangay quarantine control points will be assigned to the PNP, barangay officials, and some force multipliers.
Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda remains at the top of the ongoing crisis and is continuously looking for ways to keep the people under his jurisdiction safe from the virus, said Board Member Atty. Ananias “Jun” Canlas, Jr.