THREE barangays in Manila will be locked down for 48 hours for the conduct of targeted testing in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in the said areas.
This was announced by Mayor Isko Moreno, as he issued Executive Orders 27, 28 and 29 placing under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) Barangays 60, Zone 5; Barangay 163, Zone 14 and Barangay 844, Zone 92, respectively.
Moreno said the lockdown begins at 12 a.m. of June 19 up to 11:59 p.m. of June 20, as he called on the cooperation of all barangay authorities and residents in the said areas.
He stressed that the rapid testing that will be done is for their own safety and protection against COVID-19.
The orders were issued based on recommendations made by the barangay chairmen themselves, once they note an increase in COVID cases in their areas of jurisdiction.
The purpose of the rapid tests is to automatically isolate those who test positive, have them undergo confirmatory tests or swabbing and then provide them with necessary care should they be COVID-confirmed.
Maj. Jhun Ibay, chief of the special mayor’s reaction team (SMART), said the usual rules apply where all residents will not be allowed to go out of their homes during the lockdown period.
The only exemptions are the health workers, military personnel, service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, at 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 at money services), barangay officials, and media practitioners duly accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Meanwhile, the Manila Barangay Bureau headed by Romeo Bagay has issued a memorandum banning kite-flying in the city.
This was triggered by complaints from residents who said that kite-flying can lead to accidents and fire.