Jaen, Nueva Ecija under total lockdown

March 22, 2020

CNN PHILIPPINES -- Jaen town in Nueva Ecija province is the latest municipality to be placed under total lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Jaen Mayor Sylvia Austria issued on March 21 an executive order barring the entry of non-residents at all of the town's borders.

"Non-residents of the municipality of Jaen shall no longer be allowed entry in all points within the territorial and administrative jurisdiction of Jaen,

Nueva Ecija, subject to exemptions," the order read.

Exempted from the ban are government officials doing essential functions in responding to emergencies, as well as persons authorized by the local government, frontline service providers, and suppliers of goods, medicines, and basic commodities for the town.

Barangay officials have been instructed to strictly implement and monitor home quarantine of all households, while movement of residents within the municipality will be "very limited."

Curfew will also be enforced from 8p.m. to 5a.m, while mass public transport is suspended.

The entire region of Luzon is currently under an enhanced community quarantine until April 13 as the government intensifies efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded a total of 307 COVID-19 cases, with 77 more testing positive, the biggest single-day increase in confirmed coronavirus infections in the country since the outbreak erupted in January.