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Isko Moreno Orders for 48-Hour "Hard Lockdown" in Sampaloc

Citizens in the area will not be able to leave their homes during the 48-hour period.
by Clara Rosales
Apr 21, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered for the district of Sampaloc to be placed under a 48-hour “hard lockdown” that runs from April 23, 8 p.m. to April 25, 8 p.m.

During this 48-hour period, citizens of Sampaloc must stay at home and are prohibited from going outside. “Health authorities will be conducting disease surveillance, testing, and rapid risk assessment,” Moreno said.

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The following people are exempted from the “hard lockdown”:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Police and military personnel
  • Government employees
  • Service workers in pharmacies, drug stores, and death care service establishments
  • Barangay officials
  • Media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force

According to the executive 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 the shutdown.”

Station commanders of police stations in Sampaloc have been directed to deploy personnel in strategic locations to effectively implement the “hard lockdown.”

The executive order follows after the Manila Health Department recorded about 99 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 159 suspected persons in the area on April 20, 5 p.m.

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