Koronadal City, provincial capital of South Cotabato and the seat of the Soccsksargen region, will be placed back to the more restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) status for 15 days due to the sudden surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city .

The GCQ starts 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 11, and will last until September 25, Friday.

Under the GCQ, the “no- movement Sunday” is restored along with the use of color-coded passes for residents going out of their homes.

Mayor Eliordo Ogena said the city’s Task Force Against Covid-19 recommended to revert the city to GCQ due to the “continuous, erratic, and troubling spike of confirmed Covid-19 cases.”

“We have tested 27 fish vendors positive for Covid-19 who contracted the virus from (the fish port in) General Santos City,” Ogena said in a briefing.

City Health Officer, Dr. Editho Vego, said the fish vendors are among the city’s 54 Covid-19 active cases reported on Wednesday, September 9.  Rommel F. Lopez