Singapore worker dormitories lockdown as coronavirus cluster grows

UNTV News   •   April 8, 2020   •   1060

Singapore has quarantined nearly 20,000 migrant workers in two dormitories, made up of mainly Bangladeshi and other South Asian manual workers, after they were linked to at least 90 infections of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government said the action was needed to prevent broader transmission in the city-state and said it had taken measures to reduce worker interaction in the dormitories and ensure they received salary, meals and medical support.

Workers from Westlite Accommodation, one of the dormitories where cases of COVID-19 were found, were seen cleaning the area and also receiving food during the lockdown.

However, some experts and non-governmental organisations said the cramped and squalid conditions in which the workers live in could create a hotbed for infection.

Human Rights Watch said the quarantine created a “tinderbox” for infection and urged Singapore to quickly test all workers and move the sick out of the dormitories to medical facilities. Amnesty International called the lockdown “a recipe for disaster”. (Reuters)

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Antipolo City market on lockdown as 18 tenants, vendors contract COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Antipolo City government has ordered the lockdown of the city’s public market after 18 of its tenants and vendors tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The lockdown, which started on Tuesday (June 30), would be in effect for two weeks, according to Antipolo Mayor Andrea Ynares.

The patients are now in isolation for mandatory quarantine while disinfection procedures are currently being undertaken within the market’s premises. 

Meanwhile, the local government unit has started distributing relief goods to other tenants and vendors affected by the closure. 

“Ang amin pong paulit-ulit na panawagan sa atin pong mga kababayan ay sana po sumunod tayo sa mga umiiral na batas ngayon, mga alituntunin,” appealed Relly Bernardo Jr. of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

[We constantly appeal to our constituents to follow health regulations, follow the law.]

“Siguraduhin po na nakakasunod po tayo sa mga protocols gaya ng pagsusuot ng mask, regular hand sanitation, at physical distancing,” he added.

[Always make sure that we are following protocols like wearing of masks, regular hand sanitation, and physical distancing.]

Likewise, the LGU is asking for help from the private markets in the city to conduct COVID-19 tests among their tenants.

The LGU added that private market owners can request from the city hall should they lack funds. —MNP (with details from JP Nunez)

Lockdown in H. Monroy St. in Brgy. Navotas West extends until June 24

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Navotas city government has extended the lockdown imposed over H. Monroy Street in response to the recommendation of the City Health Department.

The lockdown was supposed to end on June 21, but has been extended through June 24.

This comes after 49 residents in the barangay tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the recently conducted rapid tests, one of whom yielded a positive result in the confirmatory test.

In his Facebook page. Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco said his decision to extend the lockdown is for the residents to complete the 14-day quarantine period. 

The local government strongly reminds residents to be vigilant and be responsible considering that recent cases of COVID-19 have been reported among family members. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

Ilang LGU sa Metro Manila, nagpatupad ng lockdown dahil sa tumataas na kaso ng COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Ilang lungsod sa Metro Manila ang nagpapatupad ng mas mahigpit na quarantine measures bunsod ng patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa kani-kanilang lugar.

Sa Malabon City, inilagay ng lokal na pamahalaan sa enhanced community quarantine ang Sitio Sais sa Barangay Catmon hanggang Hunyo 21 dahil sa paglobo ng mga naiimpeksyon ng coronavirus disease.

Sa 22 na nag-positibo sa sakit sa Barangay Catmon, kalahati rito ang naitala sa Sitio Sais.

Ayon sa kapitan ng Barangay na si Brian Manapat, ang dikit-dikit na mga istruktura at mga bahay na hanggang limang pamilya ang nakatira ay marahil isa sa mga dahilan ng mabilis na hawahan ng mga may COVID-19.

“Ang nakakabahala dito yung mga PUI at PUMs nila napakarami na. Kaya talagang for lockdown na ni-request ko na,” ani Manapat.

Sa ilalim ng quarantine measure, bawal lumabas ng bahay ang mga residente, maging ang mga frontline workers.

Magsasagawa rin ng disinfection at contact tracing sa barangay sa loob ng limang araw.

Pinalawig rin ng Navotas City government ang umiiral na lockdown sa H. Monroy St. sa Barangay Navotas West.

Ayon kay Mayor Toby Tiangco, dahil ito sa tumataas na coronavirus infections na napapaulat sa lugar.

Aniya, sa 96 na sumailalim sa rapid antibody test ay 49 ang nag-positibo.

Ani Tiangco, sasailalim pa ang mga nag-positibo sa rapid test sa RT-PCR test upang makumpirma kung talagang dinapuan sila ng COVID-19.

Sa Taguig City naman, isinailalim sa enhanced community quarantine ang Purok 5 at 6 sa Lower Bicutan simula ngayong June 17 hanggang July 1 dahil pa rin sa lumulobong COVID-19 cases.

Magsasagawa ng active case finding ang lokal na pamahalaan kasabay ng paghikayat sa mga residente na agad ipagbigay-alam kung may nararamdamang sintomas ng sakit.

Sa lungsod naman ng Maynila ay ilalagay sa 48-hour lockdown ang mga Barangay 60, 163, at 844 simula June 19 hanggang 20.

Layon nitong makapagsagawa ng targeted testing at disease surveillance upang maiwasan ang pagkalat pa ng COVID-19.

Sa tala ng Manila City government, nasa 10 ang nagpositibo sa Barangay 60, 22 sa Barangay 163, at dalawa sa Barangay 844. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rey Pelayo)

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