Muntinlupa LGU to step up strategies amid rise in new COVID-19 cases

Published January 2, 2022, 11:50 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government will intensify efforts as the number of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city reached more than 100.

Data from the Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) showed that as of Jan. 1, the active COVID-19 cases in the city rose to 131, an increase of 59 cases or by 82 percent compared to 72 active cases recorded on Dec. 31.

The “We Heal As One” COVID-19 quarantine facility in Bgy. Tunasan in Muntinlupa (Muntinlupa PIO)

In the last seven days, Muntinlupa’s active cases rose from 20 to 131. The city government tallied 119 new COVID-19 cases from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 from 27,623 confirmed cases on Dec. 26 to 27,742 on Jan. 1.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,617 new COVID-19 cases in the whole country on Jan. 1, an increase of 656 new cases, or 22 percent, from 2,961 cases on Dec. 31.

According to Dr. Juancho Bunyi, head of the Muntinlupa CHO, the majority of new cases in the city are travelers who came from the provinces to attend family gatherings and people who returned to Muntinlupa.

Bgy. Ayala Alabang, which has jurisdiction over the posh Ayala Alabang Village, posted 16 new cases on Jan. 1, the highest among the nine barangays in Muntinlupa.

Bgy. Tunasan recorded the second highest new cases with 14 followed by Cupang, 11; Putatan, eight; Sucat, seven; and Alabang and Poblacion with two each.

Despite the rise in new COVID-19 cases, Buli, the smallest barangay in Muntinlupa, has zero active cases.

For clustering of cases in families, it was suggested for them to continue undergoing home quarantine and be monitored by Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs). Localized lockdowns will be imposed if necessary.

Isolation facilities in barangays were opened and the Ospital ng Muntinlupa’s COVID-19 ward and facilities are operational.

The CHO will conduct antigen testing in communities for the immediate and early detection of COVID-19 cases.

Even before the surge in COVID-19 cases, the city government encouraged residents to get vaccinated as protection.

The DOH recorded 14 cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in the country.