Pangasinan now under ‘extreme enhanced community quarantine’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23) — The entire province of Pangasinan is now placed under an “extreme enhanced community quarantine” starting Monday due to four confirmed cases in the province.

Pursuant to Resolution No. 11 of the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III placed the province under the said measure Monday.

An extreme enhanced community quarantine prevents anyone from entering and leaving the province.

Four confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the province in which one is from the municipality of Rosales, one from Bayambang, and two patients are from Malasiqui.

Two of the four patients have died due to the viral disease.

Furthermore, the municipality of Malasiqui is also placed under an extreme enhanced community quarantine, while the quarantine in Bayambang is extended to March 31.

“This means that the residents of the towns of Bayambang and Malasiqui are not allowed to leave their respective residences and are ordered to be on home quarantine,” the statement read.

The Philippines recorded its biggest single-day increase of COVID-19 Monday since the outbreak, with 82 additional cases, bringing the total number to 462.

Health authorities urge the public to practice preventive measures such as frequent hand washing with soap, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and maintaining social distance.