More provinces, cities extend enhanced community quarantine until April 30

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — More local government units have extended their enhanced community quarantine period to April 30, taking the cue from President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement for Luzon.

In separate advisories, local officials of cities and provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao decided to keep the strict stay-at-home protocols for two more weeks to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Here's a list of areas where the quarantine has been extended:

- Negros Occidental

- Bacolod City

- Iloilo City

- Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

- Aklan

- Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

- Bago City, Cebu

- Bohol

Meanwhile, the province of Guimaras has announced that it will implement an enhanced community quarantine from April 15-30 as more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the area. Governor Samuel Gumarin signed the order on Tuesday.

Tacloban City in Leyte has also extended its enhanced quarantine measures, but only until April 28. Mayor Alfred Romualdez signed on Thursday a new executive order extending the quarantine which has been in place since March 21. The city remains free of COVID-19, but has 26 persons under investigation for the disease.

The provinces of Agusan del Sur and Cebu are still implementing enhanced community quarantine in their areas as the executive orders issued by Governors Santiago Cane, Jr. and Gwendolyn Garcia, respectively, did not set an expiry date. The strict measures will only be lifted once the governors withdraw their executive order.

Inter-Agency Task Force spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Tuesday that while the extended lockdown only applies in Luzon, they will continue to monitor the situation in the Visayas and Mindanao before considering the expansion to these regions.

Under the earlier order, the present quarantine in Luzon which started March 17 was initially scheduled to end at 12:00 a.m. of April 13. The new guideline extended the quarantine to until 11:59 p.m. of April 30 to keep COVID-19 infections at bay.

In the meantime, local governments outside the region can impose their own quarantine measures as the national government continues to address the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, Nograles said.

The Philippines now has over 4,000 confirmed cases and 203 deaths due to the novel coronavirus, while 124 patients have so far recovered as of Thursday afternoon.

CNN Philippines' Shiela Gelera, Wil Mark Amazona, Glee Jalea, and Melissa Luz Lopez contributed to this report.