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Manila sees no need for 'hard lockdown' soon 

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said no area in the city will be placed under a hard lockdown “anytime soon.”

The statement came after rumors of another hard lockdown being implemented spread following the city government’s distribution of a P1,000-cash aid to thousands of families.

“Just to clear things up, wala pong mangyayaring lockdown (there will be no lockdown),” Domagoso said in his city address May 21, Thursday night.

“Totoo pong may 33 cases tayo ngayon, pero ayan po ay sabog-sabog, nakakalat. So, wala pong concentration ng COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019) in an area (It is true that we have 33 additional cases today, but those are scattered in the city. So, there is no concentration of COVID-19 in an area),” he added.

Earlier, the Manila mayor ordered that Sampaloc district and the first district in Tondo be placed under 48-hour hard lockdowns after data showed that the two areas had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippine capital.

Domagoso stressed that members of the Manila Health Department, other health experts, and officials of the city government conduct studies and plans before implementing hard lockdowns.

He also said that residents who will be affected are informed beforehand to give them time to prepare, and are provided with food relief packs from the city government.

The local chief executive clarified that the P1,000-cash aid that was distributed to residents was from the second tranche of the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund (CACAF).

With the P621 million-fund, the city government aims to distribute financial assistance to around 607,000 families in Manila amid the COVID-19 crisis.

On May 21, the city mayor said a P50-million-supplemental budget was released after it was found that the initially approved amount for the CACAF was not enough to cover all the families in the city. Domagoso urged residents to turn to reliable sources of information, such as established media organizations and the city government’s social media accounts, to avoid confusing and false information.

As of May 21, Thursday afternoon, there are 1,152 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country’s capital, with 172 recoveries and 91 deaths.

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