5th community in Muntinlupa placed on lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases

Published April 1, 2021, 9:59 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government has placed a community in Bgy. Bayanan under a 15-day lockdown due to an increase in the number of people with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Mayor Jaime Fresnedi issued Executive Order No. 12 on March 31 placing 229 Compound, Purok 1 in Bgy. Bayanan under Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) from 6 a.m. of April 1 until 6 a.m. of April 16. 

No. 229 Compound, Purok 1 in Bgy. Bayanan placed on lockdown (Erwin Alfonso / MDRRMO) 

This is the fifth community in Muntinlupa that has been quarantined since March. St. Anthony Street in JPA Subdivision, Bgy. Tunasan and Fresnedi Compound on Amparo Street in Bgy. Poblacion are under lockdown from March 26 to April 10 while Cruzero Street in Villa Carolina 1 Subdivision in Bgy. Tunasan and No. 124 Purok 1 in Bgy. Cupang were under ELCQ from March 13-28. The lockdowns are aimed at preventing further transmission of COVID-19 in the areas. 

Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) acting chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi recommended to the mayor the placing of the Bayanan community under lockdown. 

The affected area has 38 individuals in 10 households with 14 active COVID-19 cases as of March 31. Two senior citizens in the community are confined in hospitals due to COVID-19. 

It has a high attack rate of 368 per 1,000 population and a narrow doubling time of 1.84 days from March 24-30. The World Health Organization defines attack rate “as the proportion of those who became ill after a specified exposure.” Doubling time is the number of days for cases to double in number. 

Bunyi said a clustering of cases was observed in the community where health protocols such as the wearing of face masks and physical distancing are not strictly practiced. 

The CHO is set to conduct a mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing of close contacts will also be done.

The city government, through the Social Service Department and barangay, will provide additional relief food packs and other basic goods during the effectivity of the ELCQ. 

The Muntinlupa Police will provide security for the residents and deploy personnel in surrounding areas to implement health protocols. 

Fresnedi is asking for the cooperation of the residents from the affected communities and urged them to observe health protocols such as frequent handwashing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

On March 31, Muntinlupa’s active COVID-19 cases reached 1,059 out of 7,383 confirmed cases with 6,122 recoveries and 202 deaths.