MERGE Mass testing for COVID-19 in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City, yesterday*

2,724 tested for Covid-19
BPO, bank employees included

A total of 2,724 Bacolod residents were tested for COVID-19 as of yesterday as mass testing in different parts of the city began.

Bacolod City Health Office records showed that about 1,295 call center agents, DepEd personnel, government workers, and bank employees were tested in separate venues Thursday aside from the testing centers designated for the barangays.

There were also 1,429 specimen collected from the 18 testing centers for Bacolod barangays considered as “high risk” areas yesterday. moremoremore

Call for ‘no movement’ heeded;
Stay home, 4 other mayors ask

Bacolod residents heeded the call for “no movement” yesterday as streets emptied, most stores closed, and public transportation ground to a near halt as COVID-19 mass testing began in the city.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio appealed for a 4-day “no movement” weekend starting yesterday to stem the spread of COVID-19, while the mayors of three cities and one town in Negros Occidental also called on their constituents to stay home during their two-day Timeout Weekend starting tomorrow to Monday.

During the two-day Timeout Weekend initiated by the Negros Occidental provincial government, 5,000 COVID-19 tests will be conducted in Talisay, Silay and Bago cities and Murcia town. moremoremore


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Sipalay ban on tourists until Sept. 15

The city government of Sipalay, tagged the Jewel of the South, yesterday extended the temporary ban on the entry of tourists until September 15.

Mayor Maria Gina Lizares issued an executive order yesterday, extending the moratorium on tourism-related and non-essential travel to the city.

The EO also requires returning residents from high-risk areas in Negros Occidental to present a valid Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction negative test result.