Vigan City shifts to MECQ due to soaring COVID-19 cases

VIGAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – The provincial government of Ilocos Sur placed the Heritage City of Vigan under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) beginning May 22 until June 5, 2021 amid soaring coronavirus cases.
 
Governor Ryan Luis Singson reclassified the city’s quarantine status through Executive Order No. 41.
 
Vigan City was initially under the more lenient general community quarantine (GCQ) from May 16 to May 29.
 
Last week, Governor Singson also upgraded the quarantine status of Candon City from GCQ to MECQ until May 29.
 

MECQ IN VIGAN CITY. Workers in Vigan City are required to present their company ID or certificate of employment or worker's pass (Pink ID) before entry. (file photo by Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog/PIA Ilocos Sur)


In a statement, Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said, “Our reversion to an even stricter form of community quarantine is necessitated by the rapid increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city. We have critical zones in, among others, Barangay III (Planta) and Shelterville, Barangay San Julian Norte, two of our most populated areas.”
 
“Personnel from the city government, the barangays, and the Philippine National Police are manning checkpoints, borders, areas with granular lockdowns, and other key establishments. Our health care workers and other frontliners have been working non-stop, adding hours to their already full days just so testing, tracing, and disinfection measures are implemented correctly and with urgency,” Mayor Medina said.
 
He added, “We have been doing our part and we are eternally grateful that you have not been remiss in doing yours. We cannot bring an end to this pandemic if we will not work together. That has been our strength. In the end, working together will bring us this certainty – ours is the victory.”
 
As of 8p.m. of May 23, Vigan City recorded 59 active COVID-19 cases and three deaths. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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