House imposes 4-day lockdown to contain Covid

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The House of Representatives has been placed on a four-day lockdown starting Thursday in response to the surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Metro Manila and among the lower chamber’s personnel.

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco directed House Secretary General Mark Llandro Mendoza to ensure the strict lockdown within the Batasan complex until March 21 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We have decided to place the entire Batasan Complex on a temporary lockdown from March 18 to 21 as a precautionary measure to protect the health and safety of House members and employees in view of the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila,” Velasco said.

Mendoza said the number of active Covid-19 cases at the lower chamber is now at 33 as of Thursday.

Velasco urged the public to remain vigilant and continue all public health precautions until the country has been broadly immunized against the deadly disease, which has already killed 12,866 out of the 635,698 infections nationwide as of March 17.

“Now, more than ever, it is important to continue to maintain proper physical distancing, and practice good hygiene, as well as wear face mask and face shield,” Velasco said. “These are small steps that will surely help us in a big way to protect ourselves and our loved ones from contracting the virus as we continue the battle against this deadly disease. So please don’t let your guard down.”

Velasco also called on his fellow lawmakers and House employees to stay at home during the four-day lockdown.

“The House Members and the employees concerned will have access through the usual Zoom and live streaming platforms during the scheduled committee meetings, public hearings and other events in the House of Representatives during the four-day lockdown,” he said in his announcement.

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