In order to address rising infections in the Roxas, Isabela, the local Sangguniang Bayan has placed the municipality under a state of calamity.
A total of 162 cases have been recorded in the municipality, with 83 suspected cases pending confirmation, as of March 22.
Case growth in the area over a month, beginning February 18, has shown a 441.70% increase along with a daily attack rate of 7.93 for every 100,000 population.
The municipality expects the number of cases to rise as contact tracing, surveillance, and testing efforts come to fruition.
“…[D]eclaration of a state of calamity will afford this LGU the necessary resources to undertake critical appropriate disaster responses and measures in a timely manner, or utilize appropriate funds,” the Sangguniang Bayan stated.
Roxas had originally been under general community quarantine (GCQ) with zoning containment strategies being implemented in 16 of its 26 barangays, before the state of calamity declaration.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila along with four nearby provinces are to remain under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 to April 4, as cases in these regions continue to spike as well.
As of March 28 the country’s active cases total at 105,568.