MERGE The MV Sea Music from the Port of Ningde, China, that arrived in San Carlos City yesterday.*

5 of 16 Negros PUIs
negative for nCoV
La Castellana suspends classes

Of the 16 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and quarantined in Negros Island for the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus, five had tested negative as of yesterday.

Of the five, four are in Negros Oriental and one in Negros Occidental.

La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan cancelled classes at all levels in her town yesterday after a resident developed nCoV-like symptoms after an 8-hour stop over at the Hong Kong airport. moremoremore

San Carlos bars ship from docking
It travelled from China

Amid threats of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, vessels from China, Hong Kong and Macau are now barred from anchoring, berthing or docking in the port or within territorial waters of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

International cargo ship MV Sea Music from the Port of Ningde, China, with 21 crew members, including 15 Filipinos and six European sailors, arrived yesterday, and anchored between the San Carlos City port and Sipaway island.

Lt. Cmdr. Jansen Benjamin, Philippine Coast Guard chief of Negros Occidental, yesterday said that its crew members will not be allowed to disembark from the ship. moremoremore


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New P20, enhanced P5 coins
rolled out in Negros: BSP exec

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has rolled out the 20-piso and the enhanced 5-piso coins in Negros Occidental, its deputy director and branch head, Maria Jocelyn Ladero, said yesterday.

These coins are the latest to be circulated under its New Generation Currency (NGC) coin series, Ladero said in a press briefing at the BSP building in Bacolod City.

For Negros Occidental, BSP has already released P40,000 worth of 20-piso coins and P375,000 worth of enhanced 5-piso coins to local banks, she said.