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Ilocos Norte welcomes back LSI

Sundy Locus

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Ilocos Norte has lifted the ban on locally stranded individuals (LSI) after one week.

The provincial government said all LSI must coordinate with village, municipal and provincial governments to facilitate their return.

The suspension was implemented 13 to 19 September to curb rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Over the weekend, a 24-year-old customer service representative residing in San Nicolas town was confirmed COVID-positive — the province’s 104th case.

Three new cases were also recorded Friday — a customer care representative from Laoag City and two Badoc residents, one of whom is a teacher.

Ilocos Norte has 104 COVID-19 cases so far — 41 of them active, 62 recovered and one death.

All local government units are expanding their quarantine facilities to accommodate returning residents. More than 13,000 quarantine beds are at maximum capacity. As of Saturday, 17 villages in seven cities and municipalities with rising cases are locked down.

“As we continue to strategize to contain the virus, we ask for your continued cooperation and patience. Together, we will overcome this,” a provincial government statement said.

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