Mayor Magalong: Baguio not on lockdown

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the Summer Capital is not on lockdown because of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The Baguio politiko recently postponed upcoming major events in the city like Panagbenga activities and sports meets.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier released a statement that Magalong imposed a city-wide lockdown for tourists and visitors.

“The Department of National Defense supports the decision of the Philippine Military Academy to temporarily close its grounds to visitors and outsiders in light of the 2019-nCov situation. This is in step with the decision of the City Mayor of Baguio, the Honorable Benjamin Magalong, who imposed a mandatory a city-wide lockdown for tourists and visitors,” Lorenzana said.

But Magalong said this is only a preventive measure against the spread of the nCoV.

“Only the postponement of government-sponsored events that would attract large crowds in the next three weeks was announced as a preventive measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus,” the city government said in a statement.

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