By Jean Fernando
The Parañaque city government recorded a total of 278 individuals affected with COVID-19, with the addition of 57 patients from the recorded 221 on April 13.
The City Health Office recorded 18 deaths, 841 persons under monitoring (PUMs), and 652 persons under investigation (PUIs).
They also recorded barangays with the highest number of COVID-19 patients: BF Homes with 35 from 31, Don Bosco remains at 32, Mareclo Green Village with 20 from 15, San Antonio with 26 from 17, Moonwalk with 21 from 16, Sun Valley with 21 from 14, San Dionisio with 19 from 17, San Isidro with 17 from 11, Tambo with 13 from 8, Don Galo with 6 from 4, and La Huerta with 3 from 2.
The number of COVID-19 patients from unknown locations also rose from 22 to 33.
The barangays that were able to contain the spread of the virus were Baclaran, with nine, and Sto. Nino, with four, while Vitales continues to have no COVID-19 cases.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez, with the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the city, ordered the immediate deployment of force multipliers, which have been tasked to check whether the additional rules and guidelines—the mandatory wearing of face masks and observation of social distancing—during the duration of the ECQ were being followed.
Olivarez said that the city government deputized private detective watchmen, security guard agencies, and city government personnel as force multipliers. They have been placed under the direct order of the city police chief to assist in the enforcement of ECQ protocols.
The mayor added that these designated force multipliers must verify if persons in public places in their areas of operations have home quarantine passes (HQP) issued by the barangay.
These issued HQP, Olivarez clarified, may be used not only within the barangay, subdivision, or neighborhood where they were issued but also anywhere within the city of Parañaque from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.