No lockdown in Tarlac amid rising Covid-19 cases

Medical and Health Care

The provincial government on Wednesday denied reports of an impending lockdown amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Tarlac.

“The provincial inter-agency task force (AITF) and the governor (Susan Yap) will not declare any lockdown,” an official social media post by the provincial government said.

This is in reaction to a letter being circulated on social media regarding an alleged statement of Yap during the orientation of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) beneficiaries held at the Bulwagang Kanlahi, Diwa ng Tarlac on Tuesday.

The letter addressed to the Sangguniang Bayan of La Paz, quoted the governor as saying the province of Tarlac would be placed under a possible lockdown from March 18 to April 18, 2021.

“There will be an executive order to be posted as soon as possible for Tarlaqueños to better understand and be informed of some protocols to be implemented to combat the dreaded Covid-19 virus,” the provincial government said in its official announcement.

Meanwhile, a total of 30 new confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in this province, bringing the total number of cases to 2,130 as of Wednesday.

The Tarlac Covid-19 Task Force said 10 of the new patients came from this city, nine from Capas town, three each from Paniqui and Concepcion, two from Gerona, and one each from Camiling, Sta. Ignacia and Victoria.

On the other hand, the total number of recoveries is 1,699 and the active cases are 350.

The number of deaths remained at 81.

Source: Philippines News Agency