COVID-19 lockdown in Muntinlupa condominium reduced to 5 floors

Published September 1, 2021, 11:22 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) has reduced the coverage of the granular lockdown imposed in a condominium in Brgy. Buli to just five floors instead of the entire building.

Originally, the entire Anala Tower of Anuva Residences in Buli was placed under a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) starting at 6 p.m. of Aug. 31 to 6 p.m. of Sept. 15.

Anuva Residences in Brgy. Buli, Muntinlupa (Amado Vendiola/CSO)

But based on the assessment by the CHO and agreement with Anuva Residences management and Barangay Buli Tuesday night, it was decided to confine the lockdown to the following floors of Anala Tower: 1, 8, 9,11, and 14, which have 146 residential units. The entire tower has 479 occupants.

The Muntinlupa City government imposed the granular lockdown on the condominium building due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Anala Tower has high risk groups including 17 senior citizens, two persons with disability, one pregnant woman, and 11 children aged 5 years and below.

The CHO recommended the lockdown of the condominium building after it recorded a surge in COVID-19 cases from two patients in the previous week, or an attack rate of 41.75 per 10,000 population, to eight patients as of Aug. 31, or an attack rate 167.01 per 10,000 population.

Of the confirmed cases, one patient died while the doubling time is two days, or the number of days before COVID-19 cases double in number.

Attack rate, according to the World Health Organization, “is defined as the proportion of those who became ill after a specified exposure.”

During a virtual meeting, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi told Anuva Residences general manager Erwin de Guzman the imposition of total lockdown protocols for the residential condominium as a preventive measure against further transmission.

Under the lockdown, no resident will be allowed to leave the premises including authorized persons outside of residence (APOR), except for emergencies. Those who are coming from work who are outside of the building after the start of the lockdown will be allowed to return to their condominium units but will be barred from going out again.

Anuva Residences property manager Kurt Iremedio said the management imposed a granular lockdown for the building starting last Aug. 27 before the ELCQ was imposed.

The condominium management closed the swimming pool, al fresco lounge, sky lounge, and garden area seating. It also prohibited the residents to do any form of outdoor exercise, staycation, or any form of visits from guests.

The Anuva Residences condominium is the 12th community in Muntinlupa to be placed under granular lockdown since Aug. 10.