President Rodrigo Duterte on April 6approved the recommendation to extend the Luzon-wide ECQ until the end of thismonth in a bid to further curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Cabinet Secretary, Karlo Nograles,spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of EmergingInfectious Diseases, for his part, added that expanding Luzon’s ECQ to Visayasand Mindanao is still not part of their plans now. With the ECQ extension, movement of 57million people living in Luzon will remain severely restricted. People are onlybeing allowed to leave their homes for essential activities like buying food. “Sangayon po makikita natin kahit na ‘yung Visayas hindi masyado naapektuhan sapagkat ‘yung mga gobernador doon, mga mayors nagkaroon sila ng mga sariling lockdownthat early. Nung wala pang infected nagla-lockdown na sila kaya walang nakakapasok na meron,” Panelo said yesterday. Although ECQ is not recommended inVisayas and Mindanao, social and physical distancing should still be practicedto avoid the possible transmission of COVID-19. MANILA – Unlike in Luzon, there is noneed yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine(ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Presidentialspokesperson Salvador Panelo said. “Sa madalingsabi ‘yung Visayas at sa Mindanaoay depende po sa sitwasyon. Pero sa ngayon, sa tingin natin ay hindikailangan,” he added. “Kapagnagkaroon na ng vaccine about diyansa virus, we can go back to the old normal,” the Cabinet Secretary added. The ECQ caused the government to coughup more than P270 billion in social assistance funds for the poorest of thepoor and low-income households in the country./PN According to Panelo yesterday, severallocal chief executives in Visayas and Mindanao have already implemented ECQ intheir respective jurisdictions, which prevented the entry and eventual spreadof COVID-19. “Right now, there’s no need for enhancedcommunity quarantine in Visayas and Mindanao,” Nograles said. “But the taskforce will be monitoring the trends in the region day by day, week by week.” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. “Kailanganpa rin ang social distancing. The new normal is social, physical distancing pa din,” Nograles said. “Kapag wala ang disiplinang ‘yan, uselesslang ang sakripisyo natin.”
Aurora, In. — Paul O. Alford 88, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday October 21, 2018 at Forest Park Health Campus in Richmond, Indiana.He was born April 30, 1930 in St Louis , MO, son of the late Murray Alford and Elenor Alice (Kemp) Alford.Paul was raised in Elkhart, Indiana and was a 1948 graduate of Elkhart High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 during the Korean War.In 1954 Paul began his career in law enforcement as an Indiana State Trooper and moved to Aurora. In 1974 Paul retired from the ISP as Detective Sergeant. Paul continued his life of public service as Mayor of Aurora, Indiana for two terms. He and his wife, Jacquline were co-owners of Alford’s Coins. He loved Aurora, “River City” and believed it to be one of the most beautiful and historically rich areas of America.Paul was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge, Aurora American Legion and the FOP. Paul attended the Aurora First Presbyterian Church.Paul is survived by his sons, Gilbert Alford of Richmond, VA. Lee Williams of Duluth, GA, Tim Alford of Muncie, IN; daughter, Jerrilyn (Bill) Longcamp of West Chester, OH; brother, William Moore of Elkhart, IN; sister, Mary (Orin) Kilmer of Monroe, OH; grandchildren, Kyle, Lisa, Kelsey, Lauren, Evan, Hanna, Emily, Sam and Jacob; 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of 46 years, Jacquline E. (Speckman) Alford, a brother and two sisters.Friends will be received Friday, October 26, 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Aurora, 215 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church on Saturday October 27, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Dana Stout officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora,, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Hillforest Historical Society. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.