The city government has imposed a granular lockdown on selected areas in three barangays here for having at least two cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“According to the reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results from Jan. 12, 2022 until Jan. 14, 2022, there are three barangays/areas with at least two and continuously increasing number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said in Executive Order 007 that he signed on Friday.
The order noted that one boarding house in Barangay Baybay Tanza, and one house each in barangays Zamora Mellisa and Veterans Village will be on lockdown effective 5:59 p.m. on Friday until January 17 unless a longer period is necessary to conduct disinfection, mandatory random testing, and other health interventions.
In the past seven days, Baybay Tanza has six confirmed cases, Zamora Mellisa has seven, and Veterans Village has three.
“The Iloilo City Government shall impose a curfew in the affected barangays/areas for the duration mentioned herein from eight o’clock in the evening until four o’clock in the morning,” the EO read.
Meanwhile, fully inoculated close contacts who have tested negative will have to complete a seven-day quarantine period while those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days.
Those who tested positive will have to quarantine in any of the city’s authorized isolation facilities.
During the duration of the lockdown, the affected residents will be provided with their medical and food needs.
The implementation of the granular lockdown is the first for this year following the rise in cases this month.
The City Health Office’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit has recorded 741 cases from January 1 to 13 with a daily average rate of 57.
The increase in cases was noted from January 7 to 13 with 657 cases.
In December last year, the city only had 62 cases with a daily average of two cases.
Source: Philippines News Agency