Baguio re-implements lockdown every Sunday

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Total lockdown will be implemented in the city every Sunday starting August 2, 2020 to help prevent the rapid spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and prevent compromising the health of residents.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong announced the re-implementation of the lockdown every Sunday during the regular flag-raising ceremony of the city government held at the city hall grounds Monday morning.

Further, he also ordered the total lockdown of the public market every Sunday for dis-infection activities to be done as part of the preventive measures to avert the rapid spread of the deadly virus in the city.

The city chief executive stated that in coordination with the Liga ng mga Barangays, there will be a twice or thrice a week disinfection of the different satellite markets in the barangays to ensure the observance of the highest degree of health and sanitation standards in the frequented places in the city and the barangays.

Earlier, the city government conducted a 3-day continuous disinfection of the city public market following the sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city over the past several weeks.

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The mayor claimed that three weeks ago, it was already observed that there was a sudden increase in the number of confirmed cases in the city thus the strict implementation of border controls aside from ensuring the compliance of the residents to the 10 pm to 4 am curfew hours in the whole city.

The total lockdown in the city every Sunday was strictly implemented during the ECQ and the general community quarantine (GCQ) status of the city but lifted when Baguio was downgraded to modified GCQ last month to date.

According to him, residents will only be allowed to be out of their residences primarily for their essential needs while lockdowns in the barangays and puroks with confirmed COVID-19 cases will strictly be enforced for the implementation of effective and efficient contact-tracing of the close contacts of patients.

He called on residents to continue complying with the prescribed minimum health standards, the mandatory wearing of face masks inside and outside their homes, observance of physical distancing and adherence to basic personal hygiene to help in containing the possible transmission of COVID-19 in the city.

He stipulated the sudden increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases was a result of the expanded targeted testing of frontliners, vulnerable, marginalized and other sectors of the city because the city government projected that at least 10 percent of the city’s population should be tested.

The mayor emphasized the 7 percent positivity rate of the city’s expanded targeted testing is alarming thus more tests should be undertaken with the proper management of the available test kits to reach out to a certain percentage of the population to ascertain the state of infection among them.

By Dexter A. See

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