Following the declaration of a 72-hour Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in a coastline community in Barangay Alabang starting on Wednesday, the local government of Muntinlupa eyes to extend the lockdown up to two-weeks to fully contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi says the local government is studying to extend the lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang should there be a spike in confirmed cases despite the stringent quarantine measures.
“An extension of the lockdown in Morning Breeze is a possibility that we are considering should there be a need for such extension upon assessment of the situation. We ask for the cooperation of our residents in Morning Breeze to stay at home for the next days. The lockdown aims to ensure their safety and the successful containment of the virus in their community,” the local exec said.
Fresnedi recently signed Executive Order No. 19 series of 2020 ordering ELCQ in Morning Breeze, a barrio with 455 families situated near Laguna de Bay, starting June 3, 12:01 AM to June 5, 11:59 PM.
As of June 2, the City Health Office says Morning Breeze has one of the highest COVID-19 cases with 10 confirmed positive cases, 98 probable cases, and three recoveries.
On May 27, CHO conducted targeted mass testing for COVID-19 among residents of the community and six individuals were immediately confirmed positive using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. The local health office is still waiting for the results of four symptomatic patients who are all residents of Morning Breeze.
CHO has transferred the six residents who tested positive for COVID-19, including 33 suspect individuals, to a dedicated quarantine facility in Ospital ng Muntinlupa for treatment.
During the lockdown, CHO will conduct a mass testing for all residents of Morning Breeze and will strengthen its isolation strategies for residents who will test positive for the disease.
Muntinlupa Social Services Department, together with Barangay Alabang government, will continue to provide relief food packs to cover all meals and sustain the residents during the effectivity of the ELCQ.
Member of the Philippine National Police – Muntinlupa City Station were deployed in the community to provide round the clock security and ensure that residents stay at home and do not violate physical distancing. The local government also partnered with the Philippine Coast Guard – Bayanan Sub-Station to provide security along Laguna Lake coastline of the community.
The local government also plans to conduct a localized community quarantine in several areas in the city with high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Muntinlupa City has 236 confirmed cases with 163 recoveries, 41 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 57 suspect cases, and 369 probable cases as of June 3.
*Source: Public Information Office