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Quezon City places 3 barangays under ‘extreme lockdown’ 

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has placed three barangays “under extreme lockdown’’ following the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the areas.

Placed on extreme lockdowns are Barangays Tandang Sora, Kalusugan, and Matandang Balara.

Belmonte said that “not a shadow’’ will be allowed to leave their residence saying that the “contamination is getting out of hand.”

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She noted that Saint Luke’s Hospital along E. Rodriguez Avenue is located in Barangay Kalusugan.

 Belmonte said there are now 29 COVID-19 patients from the city’s 23 barangays.

Belmonte said one particular case in the city, a shop owner in Greenhills Shopping Center, has already died, but she was unclear which among the patients on the Health department’s comprehensive list this person was.

She noted that the city government will be able to shoulder around two weeks’ worth of food for its residents, after which the city’s quick response fund will run out.

Of the city hall employees, Belmonte said there was no need to grant their 13th month pay for the time being as they are all on work-from-home arrangements.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) head Karl Michael Marasigan said that houses of COVID-19 cases as well as hospitals where COVID-19 cases are being treated are considered “hot zones” to which entry will be restricted.

He noted that residents of hot-zone houses will be barred from leaving and people will not be allowed to enter.

A “warm” zone will also be designated within 500 meters of the patient’s house and the Quezon City Police District will put up checkpoints to restrict access as well.

With around 29 COVID-19 cases in the city, Belmonte said more police and soldiers will be deployed, particularly to the three barangays.


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