Laguna under 'total lockdown' amid rising COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) — The entire province of Laguna, south of Metro Manila, has been placed under total lockdown effective Saturday to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"Ipinag-uutos sa lahat ng awtoridad sa lalawigan ng Laguna ang implementasyon ng TOTAL LOCKDOWN ng probinsya at mahigpit na pagsunod sa lahat ng panuntunan sa pagpapatupad nito," Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez announced on his Facebook page.

The province has 23 people stricken with the virus as of 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Under a total lockdown, only authorized persons are allowed to leave their residence. They include workers involved in medical services and funeral services, emergency responders, and those offering security services.

Employees of banks, money transfer services, groceries and sari-sari (convenience) stores, public markets, pharmacies, and restaurants or eateries offering delivery and take-out, among others, are allowed to go to work as well.

Only one person per household is allowed to leave to buy basic necessities or avail of essential services, similar to the enhanced community quarantine guidelines imposed in all of Luzon.

Movement is restricted in the island region. The country now has 803 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 54 deaths. Thirty-one patients have recovered from the viral disease.