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25 Sep 2020 | 11:22 AM UTC

Philippines: Authorities tighten restrictions in Iloilo City until October 9 /update 36

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Philippine authorities tighten restrictions in Iloilo City (Western Visayas region) until October 9; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Iloilo City (Western Visayas region), Western Visayas region

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Iloilo City (Western Visayas region) will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from Friday, September 25, until at least October 9 due to a sharp increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city. Lanao del Sur Province and Bacolod and Iligan cities are currently under the same level of restrictions until at least September 30. MECQ is the second-strictest level of restrictions in the country. Under MECQ, most non-essential businesses may only operate with up to 50 percent capacity, and essential gatherings are limited to five people. Domestic flights and public transport are also suspended in these areas.  

As of Friday, September 25, there have been 296,755 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines with 5127 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhoea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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