Manila LGU to distribute food boxes to over 2,000 families under city’s 4-day lockdown
UNTV News • March 10, 2021 • 526
After placing two barangays and two hotels under 4-day lockdown, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the distribution of food boxes to more than 2,000 affected families.
The city mayor made the directive through the city government’s COVID-19 Food Security Program (FSP) to ensure food supply for the families in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
An advisory released on Tuesday stated that each food box contains three kilos of rice, 16 pieces of canned goods, and 8 sachets of coffee. The food boxes will be distributed to 1,019 families in Barangay 351; 1,109 families in Barangay 699; and 169 families in Barangay 725.
“So many were saying, ‘Hindi nga kami mamamatay sa COVID, pero mamamatay naman kami sa gutom.’ Pipilitin natin sa lungsod na walang pamilyang magugutom. Sa Maynila, kakain tayo,” Domagoso said.
The city government decided to place two barangays and two hotels under ECQ on March 10, Tuesday.
Barangay 351 logged 12 active cases, while Barangay 725 recorded 14 active cases.
Two hotels in Barangay 699 were also be placed under lockdown and were tagged as “critical zones”. Malate Bayview Mansion recorded 14 active COVID-19 cases and Hop Inn Hotel registered 3 active cases.
Mayor Domagoso has reiterated that the city will not hesitate to impose lockdowns in more areas if needed.
“The city will never think twice about [imposing a] lockdown on districts or [more] areas kung kailangan. Kaya nga hinihikayat nga natin yung ating barangay officials na ‘wag na ‘wag bibitaw sa labang ito,” Mayor Domagoso said.
The Mayor added that surge in COVID-19 cases is alarming and needs to be addressed and controlled.
“We don’t want to go back to uncertainty. That’s why the city is addressing it conservatively,” the Mayor said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ total tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases climbed to 1,327,431 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,389 additional infections.
In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the country’s number of active cases reached 58,063. Of this, 91.8 percent are mild, 3.8 percent are asymptomatic, 1.30 percent are moderate, 1.8 percent are severe, and 1.3 percent are in critical condition.
The DOH noted that 16 testing laboratories failed to submit data on time.
Total recoveries rose to 1,246,405 after 6,667 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease
COVID-related deaths climbed to a total of 22,963 with 118 new fatalities.
Data from the DOH also showed that 59 percent of the country’s ICU beds are occupied and 37 percent of ventilators are being used.
In the National Capital Region, 46 percent of the ICU beds are occupied while 33 percent of the ventilators are in use.
The DOH also reported a positivity rate of 13.9 percent out of 30,472 tests conducted last June 13.
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