(Photo from Davao Oriental provincial government Facebook page)

DAVAO CITY – The province of Davao Oriental will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from September 8 to 21 due to the continued surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.

In a statement Friday, the provincial government said the measure came as Covid-19 cases already reached 5,583, of which 1,227 are active infections.

“The quarantine classification was unanimously agreed upon by all local chief executives of the province led by Governor Nelson Dayanghirang during an emergency meeting held earlier today to address the alarming surge of Covid-19 cases in the province,” it added.

On the other hand, the province's death toll has already reached 159, prompting the Provincial Task Force (PTF) to heighten protocols to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Dr. Reden Bersaldo, PTF on Covid-19 Action officer, said the ECQ will be implemented purposely to allow the province’s healthcare sector to recuperate and give them time to concentrate on the recovery and treatment of the existing Covid-19 cases.

He also reminded the public that during its implementation, strict enforcement of the ECQ guidelines will be imposed.

Under the two-week stringent lockdown, a 24-hour liquor ban and curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be implemented.

The holding of wakes will also be limited to three days.

As to the strict border control to deter non-essential travels, the provincial government said they will be increasing the visibility of law enforcers who will give citation tickets to violators and also impose strict establishment monitoring. (PNA)