MUNTINLUPA PUTS THIRD COMMUNITY IN LOCKDOWN DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19 CASES

The local government of Muntinlupa will put a community in Barangay Putatan under lockdown, the third localized community quarantine in the city, due to an increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved Executive Order 22 s. 2020 ordering a 15-day Enhanced Localized Community Quarantine in Block 35 Excess Lot in Soldiers’ Hills Village in Brgy. Putatan starting June 23, 12:00 p.m. until July 7, 11:59 a.m. The three roads leading to the community will also be closed.

As of June 21, the City Health Office has recorded 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area, one of the city’s highest among local communities, with 8 active cases and 2 recoveries. The local health office also reported that they are awaiting the COVID-19 swab results of 8 probable cases.

CHO has recorded clustering of cases in Block 35 Excess Lot, a congested community with 219 families. The community has a narrow doubling time at 4.82 days, which refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number, and high attack rate at 11.5 per 1,000 individuals.

Residents in the compound have been advised to buy essential goods including food, medicine, basic supplies such as diapers, and infant formula, among others. While the local government will provide additional relief food packs and other basic supplies during the effectivity of the lockdown.

The local health office will also conduct mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies.

Block 35 Excess Lot is the third community to be put under extreme localized quarantine in Muntinlupa. Other communities include Sitio Pagkakaisa Zone 3 Interior in Brgy. Sucat until June 26 and Morning Breeze Homes in Alabang from June 3 to 16.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi asks for the cooperation of residents from Block 35 Excess Lot to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Further, a 40-bed quarantine facility was turned over to the local government of Muntinlupa on Tuesday to augment efforts in curbing COVID-19 in the city. The facility was donated by Reckitt Benckiser Philippines Inc.

Muntinlupa City has 345 confirmed cases with 229 recoveries, 80 active cases, 36 reported deaths, 52 suspect cases, and 305 probable cases as of June 22.

*Source: Public Information Office