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Negros Occidental two-week shutdown starts Monday

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The country’s Sugar Bowl will go on an enhanced community quarantine Monday, 30 March 2020, to prevent the spread of the COVID19 inside its borders where more than two million people live.

Screencap from Provincial Government of Negros Occidental FB page.
Screencap from Provincial Government of Negros Occidental FB page.

Tomorrow, a general curfew from 10pm to 4am will be in effect over the province’s 12 cities and 19 towns.

Minors, on the other hand, will have a 24-hour curfew or will not be allowed to go out of their homes.

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Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz told DNX the curfew will precede the shutting down of borders next week, a step that might be conducted simultaneously with Oriental Negros though the province has yet to talk to Gov. Roel Degamo.

Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz. | DNX file photo.
Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz. | DNX file photo.

“A community quarantine will be in effect starting Monday next week,” Diaz said.

Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, on the other hand, said the province has to ensure first that food supply for the two-week closure will be enough to meet the needs of close to an estimated 600,000 households in the province, according to 2015 census of the PSA.

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Diaz, asked by DNX, said they are making sure this will be met.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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