Most roads in Bacolod, including this flyover in the northern part of the city, were empty at the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine yesterday.* CPG photo

59 hot zones in Negros

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced yesterday that 59 areas in Negros Occidental with persons under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus disease will be declared under extreme community quarantine.

The 59 hot zones in 14 towns and cities of the province will be under lockdown for 14 days as an extreme measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he said.

Residents in these areas will not be allowed to leave their houses, food will be delivered to them, he said.

A hot zone will be declared if an area has one COVID-positive patient, one PUI, or at least five persons under monitoring, Lacson said. moremoremore

ECQ day 1 goes smoothly

The first day of implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Negros Occidental yesterday went smoothly as Negrenses cooperated, provincial police spokesman Maj. Edison Garcia said.

Most streets in Bacolod City and other parts of Negros Occidental were near empty as law enforcers manned checkpoints to ensure ECQ compliance.

While they have not recorded any arrest for ECQ violations as of this time, Garcia, however, reported that they have accounted for 364 curfew violators from March 17 to 29. moremoremore


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Pork, poultry enough: PVO

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena assured yesterday that there is more than enough supply of pork and poultry in the province to meet consumer demand with travel restrictions in place under the enhanced community quarantine.

Based on the PVO data, Negros Occidental has a weekly surplus of 321,307 metric tons of pork and 16,169 MT of dressed chicken.

“Our self-sufficiency levels are 114.56 percent and 102.75 percent for pork and dressed chicken, respectively,” Decena said.