STARTING midnight on Thursday, August 14, Barangay 128 in Caloocan city will be placed on total lockdown until August 20, 2020 following the sudden increase of COVID-19 cases in the area.
Caloocan City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan ordered the total lockdown after the Caloocan Health Department (CHD) recorded 22 active cases of COVID-19 out of 24 new cases in the area.
Mayor Oca said he issued an executive order declaring total lockdown in the said barangay to give way for the mass testing of the virus and extensive contact tracing to be led by personnel of the CHD while disinfection will be conducted by the Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (DPSTM) within the village.
"Katulad sa ibang barangay na isinailalim natin sa total lockdown, mahalaga ang kooperasyon ng mga residente upang maging epektibo ang Pamahalaang Lungsod sa pagganap nito sa kanilang tungkulin na makontrol ang pagkalat ng virus sa barangay," Mayor Oca said.
The mayor also assured that every household affected by the total lockdown will be provided food assistance by the city government and called on residents to have a little patience and understanding since they are doing everything to address the problem of the deadly virus in every barangay.
For his part, Atty. Sikini Lagastilla, head of the Caloocan COVID-19 Command Center said all those who will be tested positive from the virus during the mass testing will be placed in the isolation facilities.
He added that they will continue to observe, with the assistance of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT), all the cases of COVID-19 before they recommend the lifting or extending the total lockdown.