The city government today (Saturday) lifted the lockdown of Barangay Tanabag, the home village of a COVID-19 positive patient who died last week.

Mayor Lucilo Bayron ordered the lifting of the “extreme enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)” he imposed on the area on April 25 after receiving a report from the Department of Health (DOH) stating that all the relatives of the patient and others who had physical contact had tested negative.

“The lockdown in Brgy. Tanabag is now lifted and shall have no more force and effect,” Bayron said. The lockdown of the area was originally slated until May 8.

Dr. Dean Palanca, city health officer, recommended the lifting of the lockdown during a Facebook livestream Friday, when he announced that tests conducted on 18 persons known to have had physical contact with the deceased yielded negative results.

Subsequently, personnel of the City Philippine National Police (City PNP), Bantay Dagat, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), City Public Order and Safety Office, Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF), and Bantay Gubat were directed to cease operations in the area.