Taguig City on lockdown starting Wednesday amid COVID-19 threat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 17) - Taguig City will be placed under lockdown starting Wednesday to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Mayor Lino Cayetano issued the travel restriction within the city a day after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the whole Luzon under enhanced community quarantine.

The Taguig City government said in a statement that starting midnight Wednesday, only vehicles delivering basic goods and supplies will be allowed to enter and exit the city. Supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, and banks will still remain open despite the city lockdown.

Taguig City has four confirmed COVID-19 cases, including an employee of a company in the city's upscale business hub Bonifacio Global City. The country now has 187 cases of COVID-19.

“We are working to help small groceries and sari-sari stores to have a working supply chain. They will be allowed to operate under strict barangay monitoring and social distancing rules,” said the local government added.

As part of prevention and containment measures against the virus, backpack sprayers and disinfectants will be also provided to all barangays for sanitation.

Meanwhile, families of residents considered as persons under investigation or monitoring will be assisted by the local government. The city's senior citizens will also be provided anti-COVDID 19 kits, the statement added,

The local government said it is working with transportation groups and barangays to establish point-to-point service and designated areas for community pick-up and drop-off for those who don’t have access to basic supplies.

An emergency ambulance for non-COVID-19 cases will also roam around barangays.

The enhanced community quarantine in the whole Luzon will end on April 13.

For COVID-19 cases in Taguig City, please call 8789-3200 or 09664194510