By Leslie Ann Aquino
Apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo has asked the faithful residing in Sampaloc area to follow the 48-hour “hard lockdown” that the local government has imposed amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Pabillo said the faithful should follow the order and stay home as this is also for their own safety.
“Let the people of Sampaloc follow the total lockdown,” he said in an interview.
Those who need to communicate with their loved ones, Pabillo said, may just call or use the internet to contact them for the meantime.
The prelate said Catholics who wish to hear mass may also make use of online services while on lockdown.
“Take advantage of online religious services offered there,” said Pabillo.
“I suggest they also tune in to TV Maria and Radio Veritas.” he added.
On Monday, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered a 48-hour “hard lockdown” of the entire Sampaloc district from 8 pm on Thursday, April 23, until 8 pm on Saturday, April 25.
According to the Manila Public Information Office, all residents of the Sampaloc district shall be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from going out of their homes for disease surveillance, rapid risk assessment, and testing operations amid the COVID-19 crisis during the lockdown.
Sampaloc has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Manila.