UPDATE: Manila – 492 COVID 19 confirmed positive cases with Sampaloc having 106
48-hour ‘hard lockdown’ on Sampaloc to start April 23 -Isko
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will put Sampaloc District under 48-hour “hard lockdown” later this week due to the high number of COVID-19 cases there.
A report by Carlo Mateo on Dobol B sa News TV said only those who are considered as frontliners and with health emergency will be allowed to leave their homes in the district.
Also not covered by the lockdown are uniformed personnel, government employees, service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, death care service establishments), barangay officials and government-accredited media members.
Moreno underscored that all Sampaloc district residents should be strictly confined to their homes and are prohibited from going out.
“Station commanders of police stations in the said district are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas in the district necessary for the effective implementation of the shutdown,” it added.
Sampaloc has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Manila with 99. As of Monday, Manila has 458 COVID-19 patients and 687 suspected cases.
Moreno earlier said more areas may be placed under hard lockdown as they posed as “challenges” in implementing enhanced quarantine and social distancing.
On Monday, the Manila Public Information Office listed over a hundred barangays which are considered as “challenges” in implementing social distancing and enhanced community quarantine protocols in the city.
Citing the Manila Police District, the Manila PIO said that these areas are also being considered to be placed on hard lockdown.
According to Manila Public Information Office, health authorities will conduct disease surveillance, testing and rapid risk assessment in the entire city. — Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA News
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