Pay attention if you live in Quezon City. The local government has announced that it is placing a 500-meter quarantine radius around three of the city’s major hospitals, namely the Philippine Heart Center, the East Avenue Medical Center, and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.
Due to this development, the local government says a portion of East Avenue and BIR Road up to Elliptical Road will be closed, and “public control” will be implemented along Matalino Street. People entering and exiting these hospitals must also go through a thorough screening process, undergoing temperature checks and leaving their names and contact details with authorities for contact tracing.
This news comes after Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte placed Barangay Tandang Sora and Barangay Kalusugan under “extreme enhanced community quarantine.” The two barangays have recorded three confirmed COVID-19 cases each.
“We have decided to use strict community quarantine after meeting with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and other concerned agencies and offices,” the mayor said.
“This way, we will help prevent the spread of the virus to nearby areas and keep other parts of the community safe,” she added.
What’s more, local authorities have announced that the 500-meter radius surrounding a house with a confirmed COVID-19 case will be considered a “warm zone.” Within this radius, “strict monitoring and surveillance will be applied.”
Avoid the area if possible, and drive safe out there.