Manila starts imposing own lockdowns


Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has placed six barangays under four-day lockdown amid increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

Domagoso signed on Monday Executive Order No. 07 for the conduct of disease surveillance, massive contact tracing and verification or testing and rapid risk assessment “as the city’s response measures to the imminent danger posed by the resurgence of Covid-19.”

The following barangays will be affected by the lockdown starting on Wednesday (March 17), at 12:01am until Saturday (March 20) at 11:59 p.m.: Barangay 185, 374, 521, 628, 675 and 847.

Manila Health Department (MHD) data shows that Barangay 185 has 11 active cases; Barangays 374, 628, and 847 have 10 active cases each; Barangay 521 with 12 active cases; while Barangay 675 has 22 active cases.

With this, the MHD recommended to declare the said barangays as “critical zones” where enhance community quarantine (ECQ) guidelines shall be observed during the lockdown period.

Domagoso said residents of these barangays shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going outside their homes.

However, the order exempts the following: health workers, military personnel, service workers (pharmacies, drug stores, and funeral homes), utility workers (energy, cable, internet, telecommunication companies, water, sanitation, and critical transport facilities including port operation), essential workers (goods delivery, food delivery, banking and money services), barangay officials (chairpersons, barangay secretary, barangay treasurers, kagawads, and executive officers), and media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force.

“Station Commanders of Police Stations covering the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ,” the executive order stated.

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