QC places 20 areas in five barangays under ‘special concern’ lockdown
CALOOCAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) –The Quezon City government placed 20 areas in five barangays under 14-day special concern lockdown beginning today (Wednesday) due to high number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
As of May 11, 2020, Brgy. Bahay Toro has 21 active cases; Brgy. Culiat, 37 active cases; Brgy. Sauyo, 19 active cases; Brgy. Batasan Hills, 29 active cases; and Brgy. Tatalon has 17 active cases, that is why certain areas in these barangays were placed on lockdown
According to Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo, the areas were initially selected by the City Health Department (CHD) based on the results of community based testing conducted by the CHD, through its Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU).
“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 nakakapagpractice 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,” he added.
Kimpo assured residents of affected areas that the city government will provide food and other assistance.
Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the QC-ESU, said they will conduct intensified testing and monitoring in these areas to make sure they are COVID-free after the 14-day quarantine period ends.
Quarantine officers from the newly formed “QC Laban COVID-19” team will help the QC-ESU perform its job by ensuring the strict enforcement of quarantine rules.
The team is composed of members from the City Health Department (CHD), the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Special Action Force (SAF), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), under Brig. Gen. Alex Luna.
The ESU will be accompanied by two personnel from the QCPD and three from the AFP, including one regular officer and two reservists.
“More than 200 members of the QCPD-AFP-SAF contingent will undergo training on the process of implementing quarantine rules and monitoring of confirmed and possible COVID-19 cases,” Cruz said.
Aside from ensuring strict implementation of quarantine processes, the quarantine officers are also mandated to conduct information dissemination on how to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Mayor Joy Belmonte reiterated her appeal to citizens in affected areas to fully cooperate in the local government’s effort to combat COVID-19.
“Kailangan namin ang tulong ng lahat para mapigilan ang pagkalat ng virus na ito. Inaasahan namin ang inyong buong kooperasyon para mapagtagumpayan ang laban kontra COVID,” said Belmonte. (QC PAISD/PIA-NCR)