TACLOBAN CITY – Northern Samar Governor Edwin Ongchuan has extended the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status of the province for another 15 days or until December 15 due to the continuing spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in 23 out of 24 municipalities of the province.
Only the island town of Biri remains COVID-free.
Northern Samar has recorded 1,109 COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health-8 (DOH-8).
The province has 119 active cases and 14 deaths. For the last two days, the province has not logged fresh COVID-19 cases.
The suspension of acceptance of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) has been lifted starting November 30.
The governor said the lifting of the moratorium of LSIs will allow them to be with their families on Christmas. However, they will still be subject to 14 days of quarantine.
He added that returning LSIs still need to present a medical clearance certificate and travel authority from the Philippine National Police (PNP).