Quezon City places 20 areas under two-week ‘special concern lockdown’

A checkpoint in Quezon City <i>Photo: Quezon City Government / FB</i>
A checkpoint in Quezon City Photo: Quezon City Government / FB

Due to a high number of COVID-19 cases, the local government of Quezon City has placed 20 areas in five villages under a “special concern lockdown” which will remain in effect for 14 days starting today.

The city government announced that the following areas are among those included in the lockdown:

• Sitio Militar in Bahay Toro Village

• Vargas Compound-Adelfa, Metro Heights-Abanay, and Ancop Canada in Culiat Village

• Lower Gulod in Sauyo Village

• 318 Dakila St., 2nd Alley Kalayaan B, and Masbate St. in Batasan Hills Village

• Victory Avenue, ROTC Hunters, BMA Avenue, and Agno St. in Tatalon Village

Read: Cavite province to be placed under general community quarantine on May 16

Assistant Administrator for Operations Albert Kimpo said in a statement that the areas were selected by the Quezon City Health Department based on COVID-19 tests that have been conducted.

Coconuts Manila tried to get in touch with the city’s disaster risk office, and the mayor’s office, but they were respectively unreachable and unable to provide details of the locally-imposed quarantine. Kimpo in his statement however, said a special concern lockdown meant tightened quarantine measures are in place in specific areas where cases are higher than others.

“Instead of implementing a total lockdown on an entire village, we will focus on specific areas within the village with clustering of COVID-19 cases, this could be a road, block, or compound,” he said.

“We’re also looking into [areas] with [a] high-density population where proper quarantine protocols are not being followed, where the possibility of infecting others is high, so they will also need to be included in containment. From there, we will intensify community-based testing and quarantine,” Kimpo added.

City Mayor Joy Belmonte in the same statement appealed to residents to cooperate.

“We need your help to combat the spread of the virus. We’re expecting for your full cooperation so we can win the fight against COVID[19],” she said in the same statement.

Quezon City currently has 1,641 recorded COVID-19 cases, with 138 deaths and 428 recoveries as of yesterday noon, the highest number of cases in the National Capital Region. It has the biggest population among cities in Metro Manila, and currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region at 1,641, based on data released by the Department of Health on Tuesday. Home to nearly 3 million people, it’s also the most populated city in Metro Manila.


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