Parañaque denies hard lockdown plan
Parañaque City denied that it will declare any hard lockdown in one of its barangays despite the confirmation from the Department of Health (DOH) that Addition Hills holds the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez said that placing a barangay under a total or hard lockdown is not the proper solution to the pandemic. This is as long as the patient is brought to an isolation facility.
The DOH has reported that the National Capital Region accounted for 67 percent of confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease, the highest in the country, as of May 3.
Three barangays in Metro Manila registered the most cases of COVID-19: Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City with 55, Tandang Sora in Quezon City with 52, and San Antonio, Paranaque with 50.
Barangay Addition Hills will be placed under a one-week total lockdown from May 7 to 14, city hall officials announced Tuesday.
“Wuhan-style lock lockdown is not needed this time to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. What we need is random rapid testing of about 20,000 residents of Barangay San Antonio, “Olivarez pointed out.
Olivarez said that residents of San Antonio will criticize them and will get mad if the city government will implement a hard lockdown right now or on the last 10 days of enhanced community quarantine. He said that the city government only needs to isolate the positive COVID-19 patients in the barangay.
As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in Parañaque is 481, including 33 records of fatalities while 82 patients have been discharged from the hospitals and 88 recovered patients.
The number of suspect cases is 584 while the probable cases is now 590. On the other hand, the cleared suspect cases are 298, and cleared probable cases is at 276 in the city’s 16 barangays.
Olivarez also announced that the city government has already finished conducting mass rapid testing on about 3,321 individuals, 95 percent of whom tested negative for COVID-19. He said about 590 individuals that are probable cases were automatically confined at the isolation facilities designated by the city government.
The mayor said frontline medical and health workers whose expertise is to save lives are now threatened to be infected with the virus.
Olivarez admitted that about 40 health providers tested positive with the virus but were subjected to confirmatory tests and are waiting for the results. He added that the city has a total of 333 doctors and health providers deployed at their designated quarantine facilities attending to the needs of COVID-19 patients.
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