Manila Mayor Isko Moreno places 12 more barangays, other critical zones under 4-day lockdown

By Susan G. De Leon

CALOOCAN CITY, March 21 (PIA) — Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has placed 12 more barangays, a building, and a street under a four-day lockdown amid a spike of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Domagoso categorized these areas as “critical zones” to provide a rapid response operation to contain the resurgence and spread of COVID-19.

Under Executive Order No. 08, the mayor declared the following areas will be placed under lockdown starting Monday, March 22, at 12:01 am until Thursday, March 25 at 11:59 pm:

—Barangay 107
—Barangay 147
—Barangay 256
—Barangay 262
—Barangay 297
—Barangay 350
—Barangay 385
—Barangay 513
—Barangay 519
—Barangay 624
—Barangay 696
—Barangay 831
—Street lockdown (Barangay 353): Kusang Loob Street, Sta. Cruz
—Clustering Lockdown (Barangay 658): NYK Fil-Ship Management Building

The Manila Health Department (MHD) recommended to declare these areas as “critical zones” to pave way for disease surveillance and massive contact tracing activities.

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

However, the order exempts 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), and 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.

As of Friday, March 19, about 2,155 active cases have been recorded by the MHD, with a running total of 29,585 recoveries and 847 deaths. (PIA NCR)