By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The provincial government of Sulu started to implement at dawn Saturday, April 4, the enhanced province- wide community quarantine (ECQ) aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said the provincial government adopted measures to implement ECQ starting at 1 a.m. Saturday, with the police and military at the forefront of its enforcement.
“For now, this is what we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province, while the number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs) are still manageable,” he said.
Last Tuesday, Tan signed an executive order number 03-2020 declaring an ECQ for two weeks in the province until April 17.
Tan said the measures aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the 19 towns, comprised of 410 barangays, in the province.
Tan said Sulu has remained COVID-19 free.
“Insha Allah, we are COVID-free province,” Tan declared.
However, he confirmed that 25 have been considered as PUIs by the provincial health authorities, and their specimen sent for examination to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa.
Of the figure, about 15 of them were negative for COVID-19, while 10 others were still awaiting for their laboratory test results, according Tan.
He said that, as of Saturday, a total of 1,010 persons under monitoring (PUMs) has been recorded by health authorities in the province for having travel records outside the province.
He claimed that 700 of them have already completed the mandatory 14 days quarantine period.
“We thank the whole community for their cooperation and support to the guideline set by the provincial and municipal government and we hope they will continue to support our measures to prevent them from acquiring the COVID-19 disease,” the governor said.
Under the “Enhance Province- wide Community Quarantine measures, there will be a minimal movement of people in the community and public transportation is now suspended except for those who will buy food and other essential goods in Jolo, the capital town of Sulu.
All establishment providing basic services, like public market, groceries, hospitals, medical clinics will remain open, the governor said.