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Edwin Olivarez rules out ‘Wuhan-style’ lockdown for Parañaque after ECQ

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Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez has no plans to place the city under a hard lockdown even if a barangay has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

Olivarez said Tuesday, May 5, that what is needed to contain the spread of COVID-19 is the random rapid testing of Barangay San Antonio’s 20,000 residents.

“Wuhan-style lock lockdown is not needed this time to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak,” he said, referring to the total lockdown imposed in the Chinese city where COVID-19 was believed to have originated.

Barangay San Antonio in Paranaque has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila with 50. Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong tops the list of barangays with the most number of infected persons at 55, followed by Barangay Tandang Sora in Quezon City with 52.

The city government of Paranaque is currently holding mass testing for COVID-19, with over 3,000 residents tested for the virus.