NoCot town on lockdown after Covid-19 case in nearby area

COTABATO CITY – Total lockdown has been imposed on the town of Tulunan in North Cotabato province after a student tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in an adjacent municipality.

The lockdown was ordered by Tulunan Mayor Pip Limbungan on Tuesday after a 19-year-old student from M’lang town returned home from Davao City and tested positive for the disease.

The entry points of Tulunan in the villages of La Esperanza, Crossing Muslim, and Barangay Bual were sealed off to neighboring areas.

In a statement, Limbungan also announced that he ordered the cancellation of all mayor's travel permits and mayor’s quarantine pass being used by traders for marketing purposes in Kidapawan City and nearby towns.

He said the local government unit would no longer allow the use of border pass of commuters from other towns passing by Tulunan.

“The safety of our people is our primordial concern,” Limbungan said in the vernacular.

He temporarily suspended the “Sagip Tulunense", a local government program that helps “stranded” workers from other areas to return home subject to appropriate health protocols.

Limbungan appealed to residents to stay at home for a week and refrain from coming out of their villages unless in cases of medical emergencies.

Tulunan, with a population of about 50,000, has not recorded a single confirmed Covid-19 case.

North Cotabato has five confirmed infections. Two of them have fully recovered while three are in isolation centers. (PNA)


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