Ilocos Norte closes borders to LSIs for 6 days

LAOAG CITY (PNA) – The province of Ilocos Norte has closed its borders to locally stranded individuals (LSIs) for at least six days due to rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Major borders in Ilocos Norte are temporarily closed for LSIs for six days to cope with the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. The moratorium takes effect Sept. 13 until Sept. 18, 2020. (File photo by Leilanie G. Adriano/ PNA)

The National Inter-Agency Task Force finally granted the request of the province through members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, who unanimously passed a resolution for the moratorium.

The moratorium takes effect September 13 to September 18 that will allow the provincial government to decongest quarantine facilities, and give front liners a break for a few days.

This meant that LSIs bound for Ilocos Norte will have to cancel their trips even if they have complete travel requirements. 

They were also asked to coordinate with their local government units (LGU) of destination for advice on when they plan to go home to avoid any delay along the way.

“As we continue to strategize to contain the virus, we ask for your continued cooperation and patience. Together, we will overcome this,” a public advisory posted on Saturday evening in the provincial Government of Ilocos Norte Facebook page said.

On the average, border controllers reported there are close to a hundred LSIs that pass through the major provincial border in Badoc gateway, aside from returning overseas workers.

Based on the latest case bulletin, the province recorded a total of 86 cases with 35 active cases as of Sept. 13, and most of the cases were LSIs. 

There are over 13,000 quarantine beds in various local government units, and private facilities are already at maximum capacity as of the moment.