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.