Ormoc City will impose anew strict border protocols amid increasing COVID-19 cases from Authorized Persons Outside of Residences (APOR).
Mayor Richard Gomez said the surge came after the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued orders relaxing border controls for APOR.
“We have to go back to our strict protocols. I will go against what the IATF is saying. If you want to sue me, file a case against me but I am going to protect the people of Ormoc,” Gomez said during a meeting with the city IATF.
Quarantine passes to households will be issued again to lessen the number of people going out.
City Health Officer Dr. Edmund Kierulf said Ormoc currently has 15 active cases, all confirmed last week. Among them were eight personnel of the Ormoc District Hospital (ODH), which has been on indefinite lockdown since 30 October.
The city government earlier placed ODH on lockdown from 29 September to 11 October. Eight cases were recorded when the hospital reopened.
Kierulf said the new cases were mostly APOR and their close contacts, including four rescue personnel assigned at the borders to pick up locally stranded individuals.
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