By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Seven probable coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases were found at Barangay 20 in Tondo, Manila after the Manila Health Department (MHD) conducted disease surveillance and testing on Wednesday, April 15, while it is under lockdown.
Of this number, five were sent to the Delpan Quarantine Facility while two were placed under self-isolation for further monitoring, the MHD said. A team of seven MHD personnel and four police officers went to Barangay 20, Zone 2, District 1 in Manila to conduct disease surveillance, verification, or testing, and rapid risk assessment per the city mayor’s orders.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ordered the 24-hour shutdown of the barangay from 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 after receiving reports that residents continue to do leisure activities, such as boxing and bingo, in the area amid the enhanced community quarantine.
During this period, no one was allowed to leave their houses, except health workers, police officers, and other essential workers. All commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, and other activities in the area were also banned temporarily. Lt. Col. Magno Gallora, Jr., Manila Police District (MPD) Station 2 chief, said 80 persons who were caught violating the lockdown measures were arrested from 8 p.m. on Tuesday to 5 a.m. on Wednesday. The violators were held at the Tondo Sports Complex, Gallora said.
As of writing, there are 344 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manila, with 45 deaths and 30 recovered patients.