The Iloilo provincial government has issued an order to monitor persons with a travel history in South Korea to further strengthen quarantine procedures and other prevention and control measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which has claimed the lives of thousands worldwide.

Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. signed Executive Order 28-A places all persons in the province of Iloilo traveling from South Korea to undergo an assessment “pursuant to the COVID-19 Decision Tool.”

These individuals may be classified as persons under monitoring (PUMs) or persons under investigation (PUIs) and may undergo the required quarantine.

South Korea posted more than 800 new coronavirus cases, making the total infections to 3,150, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the largest epidemic outside of China.

“The situation in South Korea places it on (sic) the same category as China (inclusive Hong Kong and Macau), and therefore demands similar treatment of persons traveling therefrom…” Defensor stated.

Recently, the city and provincial government both agreed to cancel the religious gathering “RUN for Jesus” in La Paz district on Feb. 27 where South Korean delegates were reported to have joined.

The Philippine government has been implementing travel restrictions for passengers from North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, including Daegu City and Cheongdo County. The government also banned Filipino tourists from traveling to any part of South Korea, including Jeju Island. (RJ Espartinez)