By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite – The city government of Bacoor has lifted its 14-day total lockdown order on Barangay Molino III effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 8.
But the city government underscored that, despite the lockdown lifting in Molino III, the rules and omnibus guidelines set under the May 1 to 15 extended Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) shall remain.
This meant that the blocks and barricades placed at the entrance and exit of Molino III would be removed, but the checkpoints retained in the area.
Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla issued the order on Thursday after she met with the local Task Force coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and officials of Barangay Molino III and nearby barangays.
The lockdown lifting was contained in Executive Order No. 18 that Revilla signed also during the day.
The city government placed Molino III under total lockdown from April 24 to 30, then extended from May 1 to 11:59 p.m. of May 7 by virtue of the executive and memorandum orders that Revilla signed before the twin implementation..
Revilla and the concerned authorities decided to place Molino III on lockdown for two weeks after the mounting number of COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the area.
Molino III has the biggest population among Bacoor’s 73 barangays, and hosts many business establishments.
The City Health Officer confirmed that there were 18 reported cases Molino III, and that no COVID-related death has been reported in the area.
The health officer said that at least five cases have recovered since the lockdown in Molino III started on April 24.
Of the 13 remaining active cases involving the residents from the area, seven have been admitted to hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR), five in Cavite hospital and that only one, now on recovery status, is on home quarantine.
The health officer said that the residents-patients were immediately brought to the hospitals, thus preventing COVID-19 transmission among the members of their households.
Contact-tracing was reportedly made among the individuals that the patients may have had contact with.
All suspected COVID-19 cases involving residents in Molino III were also checked and immediately brought to the City Isolation Unit (CIU) where they are under care by the health workers.