4 Davao City communities placed on lockdown

By Armando Fenenquito Jr.

DAVAO CITY – The city government has placed under lockdown four communities in two barangays in Poblacion District here on Tuesday night to prevent the massive spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


In a statement released by the City Information Office (CIO), the city has closed down Purok 3, 4 and 7 in Barangay 23-C, and immediately followed by Purok 8 in Barangay 21-C in the coastal area of Quezon Boulevard.

“The action was taken to preempt a massive spread of the infection in the area due to a confirmed positives case,” the CIO said.

It said about 56 individuals in Barangay 23-C were evacuated, and brought to centers for patients under investigation (PUIs) for quarantine.

The CIO has also advised the public to avoid going to these barangays to avoid getting infected by the novel coronavirus.

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte reiterated on Tuesday afternoon her call for the people not to roam the streets of the city because there are areas that have high number of COVID-19 cases.

She identified earlier the Buhangin District as a hot spot in the city due increasing number of Covid-19 patients.

“We have increasing numbers of positives daily,” she said.

Based on the latest COVID-19 update in the Davao Region as of 5 p.m., April 21, the city has 97 infected patients, of which 16 have died and 48 have recorded

Duterte said the city implemented the clustering of districts to lessen the risk of exposure for residences from other areas known as hot spots.

“Please do not go out of your clusters because we need people to stop moving between areas,” she said.

The mayor said this is measure of the city control the spread of the virus in other non-infected areas in the city.

She said people must understand that they should limit their exposure outside and should stay inside their houses.