4 Muntinlupa areas now under localized hard lockdown due to COVID-19 spike

St. Anthony Street has been placed under a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) to curb COVID-19 trajectory in the area. (Muntinlupa PIO photo)

QUEZON CITY, March 27 (PIA) -- The Muntinlupa City Government has added two communities under localized lockdown, in addition to two areas previously placed under stricter community quarantine, in a bid to prevent further COVID-19 transmissions.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed an executive order declaring a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in St. Anthony Street, JPA Subdivision in Barangay Tunasan and Amparo Street in Barangay Poblacion starting 6 a.m. of March 26 until 6 a.m. of April 10.

Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) acting chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi said the areas have become areas of concern after recording a high attack rate of 32 per 1,000 population and a doubling time of three days from March 18-22 for St. Anthony Street, while a high attack rate of 17.14 per 1,000 population and narrow doubling time of three days were recorded from March 16-25 in Amparo Street.

Bunyi noted that clustering of cases were observed in the communities subjected to the localized lockdown and social distancing and the strict use of face masks are not strictly followed. Further, the City Health Office recorded a high population of senior citizens for both communities.

St. Anthony Street, JPA Subdivision in Barangay Tunasan has 155 residents and 8 active cases, while Amparo Street in Barangay Poblacion has 175 households and seven active cases as of March 25.

CHO is set to conduct a mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing of close contacts will also be facilitated.

The local government, through the Social Service Department, and Barangay will provide additional relief food packs and other basic goods during the effectivity of the ELCQ. The Philippine National Police-Muntinlupa is set to augment roving personnel in nearby areas to ensure the public’s strict compliance to health protocols.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has asked for the cooperation of residents from the affected communities and urged them to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Previously, the local government has placed Cruzero Street, Villa Carolina 1 in Barangay Tunasan and 124 Purok 1 in Barangay Cupang starting March 13 and will end on March 28, at 6 a.m.

As of March 25, Muntinlupa City has 6,699 confirmed cases with 5,773 recoveries, 735 active cases, 191 reported deaths, 195 suspect cases, and 697 probable cases. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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