Munti LGU places two communities under localized lockdown due to rise in COVID-19 cases

In a bid to prevent further COVID-19 transmission in the city, the local government of Muntinlupa imposes localized lockdown in two residential communities with alarming rise of confirmed cases.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in Cruzero St., Villa Carolina 1 in Barangay Tunasan and 124 Purok 1 in Barangay Putatan starting 06:00 a.m. of March 13 until March 28, 6:00 a.m.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer (CHO) Dra. Tet Tuliao said that the areas has become areas of concern after recording a high attack rate of 150 per 1,000 individual population from February 27 to March 6.

She noted that the areas subjected to the localized lockdown are congested and social distancing rule is not strictly followed. Further, the City Health Office recorded high population of senior citizens, persons with disability, and youth in the affected areas.

CHO is set to conduct a mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing of close contacts will also be facilitated.

The local government through the Social Service Department and Barangay will provide additional relief food packs and other basic goods during the effectivity of the ELCQ.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi asks for the cooperation of the residents from the affected communities and urged them to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Recently, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of Muntinlupa and Management Information System Office have started tagging COVID-19 cases in the StaySafe.PH app as part of its contact tracing efforts allowing establishments to identify confirmed, probable, and suspect cases based from real-time data from the City Health Office.

Establishments are advised to prohibit entry, isolate immediately, and report to the City Health Office or Barangay Health Emergency Response Team those individuals with non-eligible screens upon scanning of the StaySafe.Ph QR Code. Upon recovery, the profile of individuals with confirmed or probable status will revert to “good condition” with a green screen and will be allowed entry to establishments anew.

Muntinlupa City is among local government units in Metro Manila to implement StaySafe.PH as a local contact tracing system and has implemented a “No QR Code, No Entry Policy” in all commercial establishments, workplaces, churches, and government offices.

As of March 13, Muntinlupa City has 5,868 confirmed cases with 5,483 recoveries, 208 active cases, 177 reported deaths, 55 suspect cases, and 362 probable cases.

*Source: Public Information Office