MERGE FUN TIME. Physical distancing was not a concern as residents of Barangay 35 in Bacolod City celebrated the Feast of St. John the Baptist in the water, yesterday* (Archie Rey Alipalo photo)

Guv halts entry from Cebu
as Covid-19 cases hit 68


Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced yesterday that he has stopped the return of Negrenses from Cebu because of the sheer number of COVID-positive cases coming from there.

The return of Negrense locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu has caused a surge in COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental to 68. Thirty-nine of them are from Cebu.

The Department of Health confirmed yesterday that there are 21 new COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, 19 of whom are LSIs from Cebu, which was announced by Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) Tuesday. moremoremore

City opens clinic for sick on sidewalk

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday that the outpatient clinic at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports Center will reopen today, in response to the problem of sick people having to spend the night on the sidewalk in front of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City to be able to see a doctor.

Leonardia said the Respiratory Outpatient Center that was opened to attend to patients at the height of the COVID-19 crisis while Bacolod City was under Enhanced Community Quarantine, will reopen starting 8 a.m. today with doctors who will attend to patients with general ailments.

“It will be open to Bacolodnons and non-residents, we will not discriminate,” he said. moremoremore


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DA targets increase in food
sufficiency amid pandemic

The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is eyeing to increase food sufficiency in the region amid the coronavirus pandemic.

DA regional director, Remelyn Recoter, said yesterday the agency has crafted several strategies to ensure local food supply and to combat hunger in the face of the global health emergency.

Part of the quick response strategy is the distribution of social amelioration or financing aid to rice farmers of Western Visayas, she said.