Wed. Jul 28th, 2021

By the Staff

MANILA — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has placed Sampaloc District here under a 48-hour “hard lockdown” starting Thursday owing to high incidents of COVID-19 cases.

Through an executive order he signed Tuesday, Sampaloc will accordingly be under hard lockdown from 8 p.m. of April 23 (Thursday) until 8 p.m. of April 25 (Saturday) or for three full days.

According to a report by DZBB radio reporter Carlo Mateo, only those who are considered as front-liners and with health emergency will be allowed to leave their homes in the district.

Also exempted from the total lockdown are uniformed personnel, government employees, service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, death care service establishments), barangay officials and government-accredited media members.

Citing the high incidents of the disease, Moreno claimed that “all Sampaloc district residents should be strictly confined to their homes and are prohibited from going out.”

“All other commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and other activities not mentioned in above exemptions in the said district shall be suspended within the specified period of the shutdown,” Moreno’s executive order stated.

“Station commanders of police stations in the said district are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas in the district necessary for the effective implementation of the shutdown,” it added.

Sampaloc has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Manila with 99 confirmed cases. As of Monday, the city has 458 COVID-19 patients and 687 suspected cases.

Aside from Sampaloc, many more areas may be placed under hard lockdown as they pose as “challenges” in implementing enhanced quarantine and social distancing Moreno said.

Manila’s Public Information Office listed over a hundred barangays which are considered as “challenges” in implementing social distancing and enhanced community quarantine protocols in the city.

Citing the Manila Police District, the Manila PIO said that these areas are also being considered to be placed on hard lockdown.

According to Manila PIO, health authorities will conduct disease surveillance, testing and rapid risk assessment in the entire city soonest. (iamigo/

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