2 more areas in Muntinlupa locked down due to COVID-19 surge

The Muntinlupa City government placed two additional communities under extreme lockdown after detecting 47 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

A report from the Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) showed the affected areas are a building with 60 occupants, and Sitio Aplaya with 292 residents, both located on Rizal Street in Brgy. Poblacion.

Officials at Sitio Aplaya (top) and food boxes being distributed for a building in Brgy. Poblacion, Muntinlupa (Pitz Adriano, Barangay Poblacion)

The two areas have been placed under a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) starting at noon of Sept. 3 until noon of Sept. 18 by Mayor Jaime Fresnedi upon the recommendation of the CHO.

The building, a business and residential structure, has 23 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 with an attack rate of 3,833 per 10,000 population, or the number of cases divided by the population in the area, while there are 24 infected persons in Sitio Aplaya with an attack rate of 821.91 per 10,000 population.

According to the CHO, the two areas under lockdown have a very narrow case doubling time of two days, or the number of days for COVID-19 cases to double in number.

Barangay Captain Allen Ampaya of Poblacion earlier coordinated with the CHO following the reports of COVID-19 cases in the areas. The barangay implemented quarantine protocols for the communities and provided food packs prior to the imposition of the ELCQ.

The CHO will conduct mass swab testing in the affected areas and the Muntinlupa police will impose total lockdown measures.

The City Social Service Department and Barangay Poblacion will provide food packs and other basic items for the affected residents during the lockdown.

Sitio Aplaya and the building are the 13th and 14th areas in Muntinlupa to be placed under lockdown since Aug. 10.

Last Aug. 31, the city government placed five floors at Anala Tower of the Anuva Residences condominium complex in Brgy. Buli under ELCQ for 15 days until Sept. 15 after eight residents tested positive for COVID-19 including one who died from the virus.

These are floors 1, 8, 9,11 and 14, which have 146 residential units.

Of the total 14 areas in Muntinlupa that were placed under lockdown, the ELCQ in seven was lifted upon completing the required quarantine period.

These are Building 17 at Filinvest Socialized Housing, Brgy. Alabang from Aug. 19 to Sept. 2; Angelo, Horilleno, Endencia, Paredes, and Barrera Streets in Katarungan Village 1, Brgy. Poblacion from Aug. 19 to Sept. 2; Purok 3, Molera Compound in Brgy. Sucat and Purok 7, Beatriz Compound, De Mesa L & B Street in Brgy. Alabang, which was on lockdown from Aug. 6 to 27; Block 8, Hills View and Mangga Street, Lakeview Homes in Brgy. Putatan from Aug. 12 to 26; and Chico Street, Laguerta in Brgy. Tunasan from Aug. 10 to 25.

Other areas with ongoing lockdown in the city are Unira Compound, Sto. Niño, Brgy. Tunasan starting Aug. 29 until Sept. 13; Dizon Compound, Number 22, St. Bernard Street, San Jose Village, Brgy. Cupang from Aug. 28 until Sept. 12; Mahogany Street and Kamagong Street in Villa Carolina 2 Subdivision, Brgy. Tunasan from Aug. 24 to Sept. 8; and Building 2, BLISS Complex, Brgy. Putatan from Aug. 23 to Sept. 7.

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, especially with the growing presence of the highly contagious Delta variant, Fresnedi urged Muntinlupa residents to strictly follow health protocols.