Manila City to place 31 barangays under hard lockdown

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Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno announces 31 barangays will be placed on 48-hour hard lockdown starting Saturday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced Tuesday that 31 barangays will be placed on 48-hour hard lockdown starting Saturday.

Moreno signed Executive Order No. 31 implementing an enhanced community quarantine in certain barangays for purposes of disease surveillance, rapid risk assessment and COVID-19 testing.

The executive order was issued upon verification of the Manila Health Department that said barangays recorded more than three COVID-19 positive cases from June 15 to 29.

"The Manila Health Department issued a Certification verifying that there are a total of one hundred forty seven (147) number of COVID-19 positive cases in the said 31 barangays," the order said.

The hard lockdown will take effect from 12 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.

Those included in the list are barangays 20, 41, 51, 56, 66, 96, 97, 101, 106, 116, 118, 120, 128 and 129 from District 1, barangays 163, 173, 180, 185 and 215 from District 2, barangays 275, 310, 343 and 380 from District 3, barangays 649, 724, 766, 775 and 811 from District 5, and barangays 836, 846 and 847 from District 6.

Moreno said that residents of the 31 barangays will be strictly confined to their residences and are prohibited from leaving their homes.

However, health workers, military personnel, service workers, utility workers, essential workers, barangay officials, and media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force will be exempt from the order.

"All other commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and other activities not mentioned in above exemptions in the said district shall be suspended within the specified period of ECQ," the order said.

"Station commanders of police stations in the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ," it added.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Paolo Barcelon contributed to this report.