More areas in Manila to undergo hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases
Aileen Cerrudo • April 28, 2020 • 576
More areas in the city of Manila will be placed under hard lockdown due to the rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Manila City government through the Special Mayor’s Action Reaction Team (SMART) is currently drafting the implementing rules to put District 1 of Tondo under hard lockdown, while the city council is finalizing the executive order for this purpose.
Based on the report of the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday (April 27) there are 94 confirmed COVID-19 cases in District 1 Tondo with 233 suspected cases.
The local government also reported that 33 barangays in District 1 faced challenges in the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), noting the numerous violations in social distancing and curfew.
Other possible areas that may undergo hard lockdown include District 2 Tondo, Sta. Cruz, and Sta. Mesa. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City until July 15, 2020.
The President noted the “stubbornness” of its residents despite strict government protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. He cited the situation in Talisay City where people tend to ignore social distancing protocols, with some even engaging in drinking sprees and gambling.
“Ayaw ninyo maniwala, bakit marami? One of the reasons — even without consulting the Body— because you did not follow rules,” President Duterte said.
“You have the highest. Cebu is now the new hotspot for COVID-19. Bakit? Marami sa inyo ay hindi sumusunod,” he added.
The President expressed concern over the situations in Cebu City which he hopes will improve through the supervision of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the following areas will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 15:
Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion Municipalities in Cebu Province
The President commended the response of residents in the said areas to the government-imposed protocols which helped slow down the rate of COVID-19 infection.
“You know Manila, maraming tao but because sumunod nila — with few violations thereabout— we here in Manila have a good chance of at least avoiding it,” he said.
To save the economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguz recommended to the President the further relaxing of quarantine measures in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region.
The rest of the country, meanwhile, will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) specifically those identified as moderate and low risk areas where localized community quarantine and minimum health standards may strictly be observed. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.
The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.
First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (June 15) placed Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting Tuesday (June 16).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the increasing number of new cases and widespread community transmission in the majority of barangays in the city has prompted the decision.
Likewise, case doubling time of less than seven days in the city has been consistent and its critical care system has been overwhelmed with an increased number of patients surpassing the city’s critical care capacity.
Metro Manila, meanwhile, remains under general community quarantine (GCQ).
Here are the quarantine classifications in specific areas in the country taking effect June 16 until June 30:
Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)
Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)
General Community Quarantine (GCQ)
Meanwhile, the rest of the country remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until June 30, Roque concluded.
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