Amid the rising Covid-19 cases in the Western Visayas Region and the alarming surge of cases in Metro Manila as well as its neighboring provinces, the local governments of the region closed their borders once again.
A lockdown was also implemented in some parts of Boracay Island due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.
Flights and trips from the National Capital Region and Cebu to the region are temporarily suspended as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) which was requested by the chief executives in Western Visayas, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said.
As of April 3, there are 109 new cases in the Western Visayas region which compose of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, and has recorded 27,941 total cases.
The suspension of flights and trips was from April 4 until April 10.
Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao also issued an executive order to closed off their provincial borders and to implement a curfew from 10 pm to 4 am as well as imposing a liquor ban.
Under the order, all travel to the province is prohibited except for returning overseas Filipinos and authorized personnel on official business. Returning OFWs will undergo quarantine and swab tests. The heightened restrictions in Antique were still awaiting approval from the regional IATF.
In Iloilo City, Treñas also imposition stricter health protocols including the reduction of the workforce in offices and business process outsourcing firms to 30 percent.
Meanwhile, in Aklan, authorities were still trying to contain an outbreak in Boracay Island whereas, on April 3, 13 new cases were reported, bringing the total cases to 133, including 88 active cases.