MERGE Crispin Chua, Leonito “Diotay” Lopue, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, BacoLaodiat Festival chair Odette Ong-Gomez, Councilors Cindy Rojas, Ana Marie Palermo and Israel Salanga (l-r) cut the ribbon to open the Chopsticks Alley at the North Capitol Road, that is one of the attractions of the three-day 15th BacoLaodiat Festival that started yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

China travellers to Negros
to face 14-day quarantines

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo issued Executive Order No. 4, Series of 2020 yesterday placing all foreigners and individuals coming from mainland China and Hong Kong who enter the province on a 14-day quarantine to prevent the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) .

In Negros Occidental, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson also called on all persons who have arrived in the province from China to also go on self-imposed 14-day quarantines.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the temporary travel ban on visitors from Wuhan City and the entire Hubei province in China, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said yesterday. moremoremore

Dauin, Dumaguete contact tracing on

The Provincial Health Office of Negros Oriental has started the contact tracing of persons who might have been directly in contact with the female Chinese national, who visited Dumaguete City and Dauin town in the province, and was found positive of the novel coronavirus.

Local health officials went to the hotel and resort where the Chinese stayed, and told these establishments to disinfect their places of business.

These are the Manhattan Suites in Dumaguete City where all members of the staff were isolated and told to stay home, and the Sea Dreams Resort in Dauin town. moremoremore


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DTI Neg. Occ. warns traders
vs. hoarding masks, alcohol

The Department of Trade and Industry has warned unscrupulous individuals and business establishments in Negros Occidental who will hoard masks and alcohol after the novel coronavirus reportedly triggered panic buying from the public.

Rachel Nufable, director of DTI Negros Occidental, said yesterday that they have been monitoring establishments and drug stores on the sale of masks, particularly the N95 masks, after the Taal Volcano eruption early this month.

Since then, the DTI has monitored the availability of stocks and prices of masks in the province, including its capital city, Bacolod, she said.