TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 26 (PIA) -- Getting more pro-active and aggressive in the looming and spreading threat of the virulent COVID-19, Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap has imposed a 24-hour provincewide curfew for older senior citizens and minors.
The move is to curb the potential spread of the virus that has caused deaths in areas where it has spread, and to effectively isolate these vulnerable groups from the infection which can either be fatal to them, or them scattering the virus exponentially in Bohol where facilities are clearly wanting.
While persons who are older than 65 years old mentioned in Executive Order No. 16, series of 2020 clearly protects those who are at high risk of infection, the prohibition on persons below 18 years is a pro-active step to deny the virus the chance to find a host as the young are notably the most mobile.
The provincewide 24-hour curfew of residents who are over 65 years old and below 18 years old to shield them from the effects of the COVID-19, also takes into account the increasing number of Patients Under Monitoring (PUM) in Bohol.
It may be recalled that on March 12 onwards, Bohol officials and employees including members of the Philippine Councilors League were in Manila and were exposed to possible infection.
Bohol has also implemented a mandatory self-quarantine on all returning Boholanos beginning March 12, 2020 until March 15, 2020 when Bohol closes its doors and denies entry to anyone coming in.
In the Executive Order, the governor figured out that even with five percent of the present number of PUMs in Bohol graduate to Severe Accute Respiratory Illness (SARI) and Moderate Acute Respiratory Illness (MARI), Bohol's private and public hospitals will reach a critical point of being unable to address the situation.
That, the governor fears, would worsen the SARI and MARIs cases into the dreaded COVID-19 infection.
According to Executive Order No. 16, these persons may leave their households only for medical emergencies, undergo routine medical procedures for chronic illnesses, while those minors can only come out of their residences from home quarantine if they can show proof that they are volunteering for medical work.
As Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, through Proclamation No. 922, declared a state of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines, he also caused all local government units and agencies to render full assistance and cooperation and to mobilize necessary resources to undertake critical, urgent and appropriate responses and measures in timely manner to curtail the spread of the virus.
Here, the governor called on barangay officials and law enforcement agencies to strictly implement and enforce the order.
In all cases, all persons who leave their households must present valid ID cards indicating their dates of birth and employment identification. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)