Mayor Jefferson Soriano placed the entire Tuguegarao City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for 10 days starting January 20, following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past weeks.
Noting the spike in infections, Soriano alerted the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force and requested for the lockdown. The agency approved the request after its meeting on Tuesday, January 19.
According to Soriano, it was possible the hard lockdown issued under Executive Order No. 14 could be extended until February 3, if the caseload continue to pile up.
Health officials expected an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases after the holidays. For the past week, city officials recorded at least 21 new infections every day.
Tuguegarao City has tallied 246 cases of the coronavirus disease as of Monday, January 18.
The Cagayan provincial government started conducting Wednesday, January 20, aggressive community PCR testing in Tuguegarao and nearby municipalities, targeting to reach 3,000 people Friday, January 22. – Rappler.com