The Quezon City local government is placing 20 areas in Barangay Bahay Toro, Barangay Culiat, Barangay Sauyo, Barangay Batasan Hills, and Barangay Tatalon under a ‘special concern lockdown,’ according to an announcement published on the evening of Tuesday, May 12, on the LGU’s official Facebook page. The lockdown, which will last 14 days, takes effect on Wednesday, May 13, at 5am. Check out the press release below:
No specific lockdown sites were identified—only that the 20 areas in the five barangays mentioned were selected by the City Health Department (CHD) based on community testing results conducted by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. Residents of affected areas will undergo intensified testing and monitoring.
UPDATE: The list of affected areas may be seen in this advisory released by the LGU:
Albert Kimpo, the LGU’s assistant city administrator for operations, said that residents of the areas to be placed under special concern lockdown will be provided with food and other assistance.
“Imbis na mag-total lockdown ng buong barangay, pagtutuunan natin ng pansin ang mga partikular na lugar sa loob ng barangay na may clustering ng mga kaso ng COVID-19, maaaring ito ay isang kalsada, block, o compound,” said Kimpo.
“Isa rin sa titingnan natin ay ang high-density population na hindi nakakapag-practice ng tamang quarantine protocols, kung saan malaki ang posibilidad na magkahawaan, kaya kailangan din sila isama sa containment. Mula doon, higit nating paiigtingin ang community-based testing at pag-quarantine.”
Members of the ‘QC Laban COVID-19’ team, composed of officers from the CHD, the QC Police District, the Special Action Force, and the Armed Forces, will ensure the strict enforcement of quarantine rules. They will also conduct information dissemination on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Kailangan namin ang tulong ng lahat para mapigilan ang pagkalat ng virus na ito,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte. “Inaasahan namin ang inyong buong kooperasyon para mapagtagumpayan ang laban kontra COVID.”
Quezon City’s announcement of a special concern lockdown came on the same day the national government declared that Metro Manila will be under ‘modified ECQ’ until May 31. As of the latest available data from the Quezon City government (May 11), there are 21 active cases in Barangay Bahay Toro, 37 active in Barangay Culiat, 19 active in Barangay Sauyo, 29 active in Barangay Batasan Hills, and 17 active in Barangay Tatalon. For real-time COVID-19 stats in the Philippines, click here.