Muntinlupa locks down 5 areas

Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Two more areas in Muntinlupa were placed under extreme localized community quarantine for two weeks following a clustering of COVID-19 cases, putting the number of areas in the city under ELCQ to five.

Purok 3, Molera Compound in Barangay Sucat and Purok 7, Beatriz Compound on De Mesa L & B street in Barangay Alabang were placed under ELCQ starting on Friday night until Aug. 27.

The areas were placed under lockdown due to “clustering of cases, high attack rates, and narrow doubling time or the number of days for local COVID-19 cases to double in number.”

City health office chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi said there are five active cases out of 21 individuals in Purok 3, Molera Compound as of Friday. The area also has 238 cases per 10,000 population and a doubling time of two days.

In Purok 7 in Beatriz Compound, 10 active cases were recorded out of a total of 176 individuals. It had 568.18 cases per 10,000 population and reported a doubling time of two days.

Bunyi attributed the clustering of cases to residents failing to follow minimum health protocols and wear face masks. He also said the houses are close to each other.

Mass testing and contact tracing are still being conducted, he said.

Last week, the city government placed a street in Barangay Tunasan under ELCQ until Aug. 25.

It also placed Block 8, Hillsview and Mangga street in Lakeview Homes, both in Barangay Putatan, under ELCQ from Thursday until Aug. 26.

“A total lockdown would be conducted. Essential workers like doctors, nurses and paramedics would not be allowed to go home if they get out of their community,” Bunyi said.

“They could stay at the hospital or wherever they would be on duty, until the lockdown ends,” he added.

The city would provide food packs and basic items for affected residents. Authorities would also be deployed to ensure that those affected would strictly comply with health protocols.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged residents to cooperate and observe health protocols.



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