COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City to impose mandatory isolation after COVID-19 swabbing, daily reporting of hospitals

In a new attempt to slow down community transmission in the city, the City Government of Muntinlupa will be imposing mandatory isolation of residents who have undergone swabbing for COVID-19 and daily reporting of all hospitals and clinics to the local health office.

Muntinlupa City Council Majority Floor Leader Councilor Raul Corro said the City Council is set to sign an ordinance this week ordering the mandatory self-isolation, or admission to city isolation facilities if requirements for home quarantine are not met as certified by the City Health Office (CHO), for anyone who have undergone COVID-19 swab testing. Corro noted that the stringent measure aims to restrict movement of suspect cases and prevent possible carriers of the virus to travel and infect other individuals.

Isolation facilities in Muntinlupa are situated in Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Brgy. Alabang and Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) in Brgy. Sucat. An additional quarantine facility is being constructed in Pacwood Site, Brgy. Tunasan in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Further, Muntinlupa City Council will also be signing an ordinance mandating the daily reporting by all hospitals, laboratory, and diagnostic clinics of all COVID-19 related cases to CHO. Councilor Corro said that this will help the local health office gauge the actual situation in the city and implement effective response efforts.

Meanwhile, new curfew hours will be implemented in Muntinlupa City from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am for the duration of the General Community Quarantine which officially took effect on September 1.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urges city residents to refrain from going out unless necessary and to follow health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, wearing of face masks, proper cough etiquette, and other precautionary measures.

Muntinlupa City has 3,389 confirmed cases with 2,502 recoveries, 768 active cases, 119 reported deaths, 533 suspect cases, and 840 probable cases as of September 1.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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