Davao City restricts movement, non-essential travels due to rise in COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) — Local authorities in Davao City have issued an order that limits movement and non-essential travels in the area starting Nov. 18.

The move was recommended by the city’s COVID-19 task force due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections, now totaling 5,435, with 1,613 active cases based on latest data from the Health department.

The local government unit issued Executive Order No. 63 that only allows the entry of people whose businesses in the city are considered essential, subject to requirements needed to be presented prior to entry.

The restrictions will be applied to both land and air travel.

People entering the city will have to present a company identification card or a certificate of employment, while those staying there also need to have a confirmed accommodation.

Aside from these, those traveling by air should also present a medical certificate and a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR test conducted within 24 to 48 hours of the arrival.

The local government is also again requiring residents who go out to carry a food and medicine pass in their name. The pass authorizes the bearer to go out for the purpose of purchasing essential goods.

Curfew hours from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. will also be implemented, as well as a 24-hour liquor ban.

Davao City COVID-19 focal person Ashley Lopez said they are now preparing to establish more temporary treatment facilities in case infections continue to increase. She also said that the city currently has four testing sites that have expanded their capacity, which is cited as one of the reasons for the rise in reported new cases.

CNN Philippines correspondent Pearl Gajunera contributed to this report.