2 areas in Taguig City under 16-day lockdown due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Two areas in Taguig City -- Pulong Kendi 2 and Samasipat in Bgy. Sta. Ana – will be placed under localized community quarantine (LCQ) for 16 days starting 7 p.m. today, September 8 until 7 p.m. of September 23 due to the rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. 

Barangay hall of Sta. Ana in Taguig. (Google Maps)

According to the Safe City Taguig Task Force, the lockdown was recommended by the Taguig City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit’s (CEDSU), which conducted reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests and contact tracing in the barangay. 

CEDSU’s analysis of the results showed “a general community transmission in the cluster of COVID-19 cases from the areas,” the task force said. The Taguig City government did not disclose how many COVID-19 cases were recorded in the two areas.

On Sept. 7, the CEDSU reported 111 new COVID-19 cases in Taguig bringing the total confirmed cases to 5,469 with 4,962 recoveries, 44 deaths, and 463 active cases.

Bgy. Sta Ana alone has 155 confirmed cases, 129 recoveries and 26 active cases. 

Under LCQ, the movement of all residents in the two areas will be restricted and all confirmed COVID-19 cases will be moved to quarantine facilities. The city will conduct further testing and search for active cases. All individuals who were tested will be placed in quarantine facilities while waiting for test results. 

One individual per household with a quarantine pass will be allowed to go out to buy food and other essentials. Curfew hours in areas under LCQ in Taguig will be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

“Taguig maintains to be one of the cities that has the lowest number of active cases per population in the National Capital Region. The City also has the lowest number of fatalities due to COVID-19 and the lowest attack rates in NCR ,” the city government said.