16 more barangays in Manila placed under 4-day lockdown

UNTV News   •   March 21, 2021   •   951

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila on Sunday announced that 16 more barangays will be placed under a four-day lockdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the nation’s capital.

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso declared these barangays as “critical zones” after he signed Executive Order No. 11 which mandates a rapid response operation to contain the resurgence and spread of COVID-19.

The following areas will be placed under lockdown starting Wednesday, March 24, at 12:01 am until Saturday, March 27 at 11:59 pm:

  • Barangay 1
  • Barangay 50
  • Barangay 106
  • Barangay 109
  • Barangay 184
  • Barangay 192
  • Barangay 209
  • Barangay 296
  • Barangay 493
  • Barangay 515
  • Barangay 586
  • Barangay 636
  • Barangay 669
  • Barangay 790
  • Barangay 883
  • Barangay 875

 The executive order was issued upon the Manila Health Department (MHD) to lock down these areas for disease surveillance and massive contact tracing activities.

Domagoso said, all residents of these areas shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes.

Exempted from the order are the following:

  • health workers
  • military personnel
  • service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation)
  • essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services)
  • barangay officials (Chairpersons, Barangay Secretary, Barangay Treasurers, Kagawads, and Executive Officers)
  • media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force

“Station Commanders of Police Stations covering the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ,” the executive order stated.

To boost the city’s contingency plans, the local government increased its quarantine bed capacity by 300 beds, which are located in Dormitels.PH in G. Tuazon, T.M. Kalaw, and Ermita.

The Mayor has also appealed to motel owners in the city to let their facilities be used as additional quarantine spaces.

As of Sunday, March 21, the MHD has recorded about 2,656 active COVID-19 cases in the city with a running total of 30,336 recoveries and 852 deaths.

Public urged to be more responsible when visiting leisure areas amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reiterated its call on the public to be more responsible when visiting public and leisure areas amid the enforcement of COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar made the appeal following reports of individuals ignoring public health protocols while visiting the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach.

“Paulit-ulit ang ating paalala sa publiko na mahigpit na sumunod sa minimum health standards lalo na kung nasa pampublikong lugar o pasyalan gaya ng Dolomite Beach,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nauunawaan ko ang kagustuhan ng ating mga kababayan na makalabas ng kanilang mga tahanan, subalit kung hindi tayo mag-iingat ay hindi malabong tumaas na naman ang kaso ng COVID-19 at mapilitan na naman ang gobyerno na maghigpit sa mga protocols,” he added.

The PNP chief said he has tasked concerned police offices and units to deply enough personnel to public areas to help the marshals in implementing safety standards and controlling the crowd.

“Inatasan ko na ang ating unit commanders na siguraduhin na sapat ang bilang ng ating kapulisan sa mga pampublikong lugar upang matiyak ang pagsunod sa minimum public health safety na siya din namang ipinapakiusap sa ating ng Department of Health,” Eleazar said.

He, however, reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance, especially to those who will be caught violating the protocols.

The national government downgraded Metro Manila’s alert status to Level 3 amid the decrease in COVID-19 infections. This will be in effect until the end of October.

Under Alert Level 3, several establishments are allowed to operate at 30% indoor venue capacity only for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50% outdoor venue capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Delta Plus sub-variant na nasa 27 bansa, 10% umanong mas nakakahawa kaysa original variant ayon sa ilang eksperto

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Mahigpit ngayong binabantayan ng health experts ang bagong klase ng Delta variant na AY.4.2 o ang tinatawag na Delta Plus.

Naitala ang variant na ito sa 27 bansa, kabilang na ang United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Romania, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, at ilang bahagi ng Western Europe.

Hindi pa kasama sa ngayon ang Delta Plus sub-variant sa listahan ng variant of concern o variant of interest ng World Health Organization (WHO).

Pero babala ng mga eksperto, malaki ang posibilidad na mas nakakahawa ito kaysa sa orihinal na Delta variant dahil mayroon itong dalawang mutations sa spike genome.

Ibig sabihin, branch na ng Delta variant ang Delta Plus sub-variant at dalawang beses pa itong nag-mutate.

Sinasabing ang Delta Plus sub-variant ang isa sa mga dahilan ng muling pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa United Kingdom.

Sa ulat ng United Kingdom Health Security Agency, nakita ang lumalawak na kaso ng Delta Plus sub-variant sa England.

Sinasabi rin ng mga eksperto roon na 10 porsiyento itong mas nakakahawa kumpara sa parent variant nito na Delta variant (B.1.617.2).

Upang mapigilan ang posibleng pagpasok ng naturang sub-variant sa Pilipinas, sinabi ng mga otoridad na kailangan pang paigtingin ang border control.

Kailangan rin anilang matiyak na tuluyan nang mapuputol ang hawaan ng Delta variant sa bansa dahil lalong nagmu-mutate ang virus kapag patuloy na dumadami ang nahahawa nito.

Quezon City allows minors to visit Quezon Memorial Circle

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.

The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.

Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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