Manila heightens measures to prevent spread of COVID-19

HEIGHTENED measures are now being implemented at the Manila City Hall and all other city-run places in Manila as visitors going to theCity Hall and the Manila Police District (MPD) are now being subjected to mandatory thermal temperature scanning before they are allowed entry.

Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna said that she is in constant touch with Mayor Isko Moreno who is on an official trip outside the country and who keeps tabs of the goings-on in the city, particularly concerning the coronavirus situation.

Lacuna said that even before the rise in the number of such cases in the country, the city government had been implementing a mandatory checking of temperature of all visitors via a hand-held scanning device.

Those that register fever are not allowed entry and are instead referred to the nearest health center or advised to have themselves checked by a doctor of their choice.

For two days now, she said that ‘misting’ operations are also being done on various offices in City Hall including the areas allotted for the offices of prosecutors and judges for purposes of disinfecting.

Public schools and most specially, hospitals and health centers,  are also being covered by the misting operations which is being handled by Arnel Angeles, head of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRMO) as the lead unit.

Lacuna said that on orders of Moreno, the misting is being done at least once a day while the temperature checking had been stepped up.

Meanwhile, Lacuna said that she and Moreno are asking for the indulgence of the visitors who may feel inconvenienced by the measures, saying it is for the protection of the greater majority.