The first district of Tondo, Manila will be placed on hard lockdown from May 3, 5 a.m. until May 5, 5 a.m., said a Manila Police District (MPD) official on April 30.
“Itong District 1 ng Tondo ay isasailalim namin sa hard lockdown mula alas-singko ng madaling araw May 3 hanggang May 5,” said MPD District Director Brig. Gen. Rolando Miranda in an interview with DZMM.
According to Miranda, around 803 personnel from the MPD and 150 officers from the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield will help implement the hard lockdown in the district. Violators of the 48-hour lockdown will be brought to a holding area and be made to watch an educational video about COVID-19.
Manila’s local authorities have identified nine holding areas for to contain detained residents. The violators will eventually be released later on, as there is no facility that can detain them for a prolonged period of time, said Miranda.
On April 27, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno said that the local government was studying a possible lockdown of Tondo, as the district has the second highest number of cases next to Sampaloc.
The 48-hour hard lockdown in Sampaloc took place from April 23 to 25. Residents were prohibited from leaving their homes and rapid testing was conducted in the district. A total of 21 positive cases were detected during the Sampaloc lockdown, according to Infection Prevention and Control Committee Program Co-chair Maria Lydia Bautista.