COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Mayor Fresnedi urges residents not to be complacent amid MECQ, improvement in COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa Mayor Fresnedi urges residents not to be complacent amid MECQ, improvement in COVID-19 cases

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has warned residents of another spike in COVID-19 cases upon complacency in observing quarantine protocols amid the modified enhanced community quarantine and improvement of COVID-19 cases in the city.

The local exec reminded Muntinlupa residents that the implementation of MECQ and positive results in the local government’s efforts in curbing COVID-19 do not give the public a license to roam freely in malls and other public areas.

He urged city residents to continue to follow preventive measures such as physical distancing and stringent personal hygiene.

Quarantine measures such as curfew, quarantine pass system, and liquor ban are still in effect in Muntinlupa despite the shift from ECQ to MECQ. The public’s movement is still limited and there are modified measures in place in the city’s checkpoints.

Only those who have essential tasks like purchasing food or medicine are allowed by the police to pass at checkpoints, including those who will report to work. Non-Muntinlupa residents who are working in the city are allowed to cross borders provided they present a valid ID and certificate of employment.

Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau says public transportation remains disallowed in MECQ and tricycles are not allowed to operate.

The City Government is set to establish a task force to monitor the compliance of business establishments on guidelines for MECQ as provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction Office has started to inspect malls and other business establishments to ensure that health protocols and safe physical distancing are observed.

In a public briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said areas where quarantine restrictions have been eased may be placed again under ECQ if the number of infections increases.

Muntinlupa City records the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 56.85% as of May 16. The local health office says that COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of eight days.

Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at 7-30 days to be considered decelerating.

Muntinlupa City has 198 confirmed cases with 114 recoveries, 56 active cases, 28 reported deaths, 12 suspect cases, and 192 probable cases as of May 18.

This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website. 

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