4 Surigao Norte towns placed on MECQ due to rising COVID-19 cases

Surigao del Norte Gov. Francisco Matugas on Friday decided to place the towns of Dapa, Del Carmen, Pilar and Socorro under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) for eight days amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In an executive order, Matugas said the stricter quarantine would be effective from October 12-20.

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has also approved the request of Matugas to place Dapa, Del Carmen and Pilar, located in Siargao Island, and Socorro in Bucas Grande Island under MECQ.

Matugas said the shift from modified general community quarantine status to MECQ would allow them to implement more effective strategies to contain the spread of this virus in the island towns.

A liquor ban is imposed, while mass gatherings are prohibited as part of the tougher quarantine protocols.

Earlier, the provincial government imposed a total lockdown in seven barangays in San Isidro town, also located in Siargao, amid community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the acute respiratory ailment.

The province has recorded 153 COVID-19 cases to date, 113 of which are recoveries and eight fatalities. CLC

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