COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa to start isolating suspect, probable cases in quarantine centers, earns praise for physical distancing measures
In an attempt curb the rise in the number of novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) cases in Muntinlupa City, the City Government is set to isolate suspect and probable cases in quarantine centers following the conduct of localized targeted mass testing.
Muntinlupa City started its targeted COVID-19 mass testing on April 13 and has finished collecting swab samples from 194 persons under investigation (PUI) for processing and testing.
As of April 20, Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city with 17 deaths and 14 recovered cases. According to the local health office, there are 41 “suspect” cases and 189 “probable” cases in Muntinlupa to date.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the City Government will begin the transfer of suspect and probable cases from their homes to quarantine facilities as a mitigation measure in avoiding further spread of the virus in the communities.
“Suspect and probable cases who are in home quarantine will now be transferred in isolation areas. A more aggressive medical intervention is needed to effectively segregate, for quarantine purposes, the virus-stricken constituents of the city for appropriate medication and containing of the virus,” Fresnedi said.
A field hospital and isolation rooms have been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to accommodate suspect, probable, and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The City Government has also started to construct a public crematorium facility in Brgy. Putatan in anticipation of the pandemic’s worst-case scenario in the city.
Meanwhile, the city’s rules on physical distancing for market-goers have earned praises from the Palace and was hailed as a best practice in the enhanced community quarantine.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. cited Muntinlupa’s measures as one of the best practices when it comes to physical distancing during a televised press briefing on Monday.
“We can see how they practice social distancing in the flea markets, as well as the public markets. They’re very orderly in Muntinlupa,” Roque said.
Muntinlupa City recently implemented a market schedule for residents in different barangays. The city public market in Alabang now operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Mondays for disinfection.
Residents of Barangays Tunasan, Poblacion, Putatan, and Bayanan can go to MCPM on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays while those from Alabang, Ayala Alabang, Cupang, Buli, and Sucat can enter on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. All are required to show their quarantine passes and face masks before they are allowed to enter.
A queuing system has been imposed in the market in which those who are waiting need to fall in line with a distance of at least one meter from one another.
Only fifty individuals are allowed to enter the market to ensure that social distancing is observed. Senior Citizens, pregnant women, persons with disability, and children are not allowed inside the market.
Flea market operators were also ordered to implement a market schedule and set up stricter physical distancing measures as mitigation to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). City flea markets are now operating from 6:00 AM – 12:00 NN.
Mayor Fresnedi thanked Malacanang for recognizing Muntinlupa’s initiatives to strictly implement the enhanced community quarantine in the city.
The City Government has also enforced a 24-hour curfew, anti-hoarding ordinance, closure of malls and other non-essential establishments, ban in the sale, delivery and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic drinks, and ban on spitting and disposal of personal protective equipment in public places.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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