Tarlac orders province-wide lockdown from March 29

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) - Tarlac province will go into lockdown starting this weekend after recording its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases, with at least 17,000 people under monitoring for possible infection.

Tarlac Governor Susan Yap said in a video message that the lockdown will start at 12:01 am of Sunday, March 29.

Yap said that one of the confirmed cases is a 75-year-old female from Barangay Patalan in Paniqui town. The other is a 39-year-old male from Barangay Pinasling in Gerona town.

The tests were done by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Tarlac, which is strategically located in Central Luzon, now has 17,040 persons under monitoring, 174 patients under investigation with mild symptoms, and 39 with severe symptoms.

Nationwide there are now 707 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 28 recoveries, and 45 deaths.

The enhanced community quarantine in the whole island of Luzon will end of April 13.