Over clustering of COVID-19 cases: Fresnedi places 7 areas in Muntinlupa under lockdown

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Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has placed seven areas in the city under strict lockdown starting Thursday, August 19, over the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases.

The areas under lockdown are: Building 17 in Filinvest Socialized Housing until September 2, Brgy. Alabang, Angelo St., Horrileno St., Endencia St., Paredes St., and Barrera St. in Katarungan Village, Brgy. Poblacion from August 19 to September 2, Purok 3, Molera Compound in Barangay Sucat and Purok 7, Beatriz Compound, De Mesa L & B Street in Barangay Alabang from August 6 to August 27, Block 8, Hills View and Mangga St., Lakeview Homes in Barangay Putatan from August 12 to August 26 and Chico St., Laguerta in Barangay Tunasan under ELCQ from August 10 to August 25.

Fresnedi clarified that the lockdown will only take place in Bldg. 17 and not for the whole complex. However, he urged residents in the adjacent buildings to exercise extra caution and strictly observe health protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shield, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing.

Muntinlupa City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Juancho Bunyi said the local government decided to impose the ELCQ in the building as clustering of cases was observed and due to the presence of high-risk groups in the area such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children under five years old.

“The community is congested and units are close together, that’s why transmission is really high. If we allow the mobility of people in the building, the risk of transmission will be greatly enhanced,” Bunyi said.