Lockdown on Laoag public market extended

Published December 7, 2020, 8:18 AM

by Philippine News Agency

LAOAG CITY (PNA) – Mayor Michael Keon here has extended the lockdown at the Laoag City Public Market and Commercial Complex effective December 5 until further notice.

Mayor Michael Keon has extended indefinitely the lockdown at the Laoag City Public Market and Commercial Complex until contact tracing and targeted testing for Covid-19 are completed. There are currently 159 active cases of coronavirus in Laoag. (PNA file photo by Leilanie G. Adriano/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In an executive order, Keon said there was a need to extend the lockdown to complete the ongoing contact tracing and expanded and targeted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in the city.

The expanded targeted testing aims to cover 10 percent of the total population per barangay, including at least one representative per household, according to Dr. Norman Rabago, provincial consultant on Covid-19.

The lockdown of the Laoag City Public Market and Commercial Complex since December 1 could have ended on Saturday but due to unfinished testing, it was extended indefinitely.

“We request the public to temporarily buy from talipapas (mini markets) nearest you while observing health protocols,” Keon said in a public statement on Sunday.

As of this posting, Laoag City has recorded 159 active cases of COVID-19, with 101 of them being inmates at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Jail. Some were market vendors and employees of the City Hall and Capitol.

The City Health Office said that, of the 236 total cases in Laoag, 77 have already recovered.

Meanwhile, the city government is requesting locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to reschedule their return to the city due to lack of quarantine facilities as of the moment.

While Laoag City is under indefinite localized modified enhanced community quarantine, home quarantine is not permitted under the guidelines.