COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa puts third community in lockdown due to rise in COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa puts third community in lockdown due to rise in COVID-19 cases

The City Government of Muntinlupa yesterday announced that placed the community in Barangay Putatan under lockdown, the third localized community quarantine in the city, due to an increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved Executive Order 22 s. 2020 ordering a 15-day Enhanced Localized Community Quarantine in Block 35 Excess Lot in Soldiers’ Hills Village in Brgy. Putatan which started June 23, 12:00 p.m. and will last until July 7, 11:59 a.m. The three roads leading to the community will also be closed.

As of June 21, the City Health Office has recorded 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area, one of the city’s highest among local communities, with 8 active cases and 2 recoveries. The local health office also reported that they are awaiting the COVID-19 swab results of 8 probable cases.

CHO has recorded clustering of cases in Block 35 Excess Lot, a congested community with 219 families. The community has a narrow doubling time at 4.82 days, which refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number, and high attack rate at 11.5 per 1,000 individuals.

Residents in the compound have been advised to buy essential goods including food, medicine, basic supplies such as diapers, and infant formula, among others. While the local government will provide additional relief food packs and other basic supplies during the effectivity of the lockdown.

The local health office will also conduct mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies.

Block 35 Excess Lot is the third community to be put under extreme localized quarantine in Muntinlupa. Other communities include Sitio Pagkakaisa Zone 3 Interior in Brgy. Sucat until June 26 and Morning Breeze Homes in Alabang from June 3 to 16.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi asks for the cooperation of residents from Block 35 Excess Lot to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Further, a 40-bed quarantine facility was turned over to the City Government of Muntinlupa on Tuesday to augment efforts in curbing COVID-19 in the city. The facility was donated by Reckitt Benckiser Philippines Inc.

Muntinlupa City has 345 confirmed cases with 229 recoveries, 80 active cases, 36 reported deaths, 52 suspect cases, and 305 probable cases as of June 22.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa imposes curfew, market schedule during GCQ/MGCQ to curb COVID-19

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa imposes curfew, market schedule during GCQ/MGCQ to curb COVID-19

In a bid to manage the COVID-19 situation in the city despite the relaxation of quarantine measures, the City Government of Muntinlupa is set to enforce a curfew and market schedule during the implementation of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance Nos. 2020-102 and 2020-103 imposing a city-wide curfew from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM during the GCQ and MGCQ, and a market schedule regulating the operations of the Alabang Public Market, respectively.

Fresnedi said the initiative to implement a curfew and market schedule for residents aims to limit movements and interactions in public places which are hotspots for the transmission of COVID-19.

Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded a spike in local cases during the effectivity of GCQ in Metro Manila starting June 1. The city’s confirmed cases jumped from 226 confirmed cases last May 31 to 303 confirmed cases last June 15.

As of June 15, Muntinlupa City has 303 confirmed cases with 185 recoveries, 83 active cases, 35 reported deaths, 45 suspect cases, and 324 probable cases.

The curfew period in the city shall take effect immediately. No person shall be allowed to go out of their respective homes during the GCQ and MGCQ, except for essential travel and emergency cases.

Persons exempted from the curfew include Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) as enumerated by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield, those whose work involves the delivery of essential goods and services, those who work in night shift or a 24-hour on-call duty and those providing public transportation.

Violators will be penalized with P500 for the first offense and P1,000 for succeeding offenses. Residents violating the curfew will also incur a barangay blotter and cancellation of local grants and benefits from the City Government

Further, the City Government will also enforce a schedule for market-goers in Alabang Public Market during the GCQ and MGCQ.

District 1 and non-Muntinlupa residents are scheduled on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. While District 2 residents can buy groceries in Alabang Public Market on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Monday is designated for disinfection and sanitation of stalls and other areas of the market.

Persons entering the premises of the market should present a valid identification card (ID) showing their district residence address. Market-goers are also mandated to use face masks and strictly observe physical distancing.

Stall owners are ordered to install clear barriers and provide disinfectants for the use of customers and vendors. Violators will be meted with penalties such as closure, suspension, or revocation of business permits or licenses.

The City Government of Muntinlupa urged city residents to stay at home as much as they can and follow health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, proper cough etiquette, and other precautionary measures.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Situation in Morning Breeze, Alabang under control, lockdown to be lifted tomorrow

COVID-19 Crisis: Situation in Morning Breeze, Alabang under control, lockdown to be lifted tomorrow

Following the two-week lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang, the local City Health Office (CHO) said the situation in the compound is now under control and residents who have contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has shown improving conditions.

Muntinlupa CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao said the Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in Morning Breeze has helped improve and control the situation in the compound with now only 16 active cases and 6 recoveries as of June 15.

Tuliao noted that all active cases that has been confined in Ospital ng Muntinlupa are on the way to recovery. Further, the local health chief said that all probable cases in the compound has already tested negative for COVID-19.

During the two-week lockdown, CHO has conducted a mass testing in Morning Breeze and strengthened its isolation strategies and treatment of residents. The local government has also provided relief food packs to cover all meals and other basic supplies during the effectivity of the lockdown.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has ordered an ELCQ in the compound, initially set from June 3 to June 5 but was extended until June 16, 11:59 PM, due to the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The local health office earlier recorded clustering of cases where COVID-19 positive residents live close to each other. Social distancing and strict use of face masks were also not followed.

Fresnedi said the City Government will continue to strictly monitor the situation in Morning Breeze after the lifting of the lockdown on June 16 to ensure that adherence to health protocols will be sustained.

“We ask for the cooperation of our residents in Morning Breeze to continue practicing social distancing and follow health protocols such as wearing of face masks, frequently washing of hands, and among others to completely curb the virus in the community,” the local exec said.

The City Government also eyes to put other areas in the city with high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases under localized community quarantine.

Muntinlupa City has 303 confirmed cases with 185 recoveries, 83 active cases, 35 reported deaths, 43 suspect cases, and 334 probable cases as of June 14.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang extended until June 16 amid rising COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 Crisis: Lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang extended until June 16 amid rising COVID-19 cases

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emergency and Infectious Diseases (RATF-EID) has approved the extension of the Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in a Barangay Alabang compound until June 16 following the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The RIATF-EID has permitted the extension of the localized ECQ in Morning Breeze, Brgy. Alabang until June 16, 2020, 11:59 PM through RIATF Resolution No. 8 upon the request of the City Government of Muntinlupa.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi recently ordered a 72-hour ELCQ in Morning Breeze, a compound with 249 families situated near Laguna de Bay, starting June 3, 12:01 AM to June 5, 11:59 PM.

As of June 8, the City Health Office recorded 19 residents from Morning Breeze who tested positive for COVID-19, the highest among Muntinlupa communities.

The local health office notes that the community shows clustering of cases where confirmed cases live close to each other. Social distancing and strict use of face masks were not strictly followed during the 72-hour lockdown.

CHO has conducted a mass testing for all residents of Morning Breeze and strengthened its isolation strategies and treatment of residents who tested positive for the disease.

Muntinlupa CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao said the severe containment of all residents is ideal while awaiting the release of the results of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests of 33 probable cases, which are the remainder of the originally conducted tests among 131 residents.

Tuliao added that the extension would complete the quarantine period of the community up to 14 days, the known incubation period of the disease.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urged for the cooperation of the residents and strict observance of health protocols to curb the disease in the compound.

“We ask for the cooperation of our residents in Morning Breeze to stay at home for the duration of the lockdown. The lockdown aims to ensure their safety and the successful containment of the virus in their community,” the mayor said.

Muntinlupa Social Services Department, together with Barangay Alabang government, continues to provide relief food packs to cover all meals and other supplies during the effectivity of the ELCQ. While, members of the Philippine National Police – Muntinlupa City Station and Philippine Coast Guard – Bayanan Sub-Station deployed in the compound continue to enforce security measures.

The City Government also plans to put other areas in the city with high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases under localized community quarantine.

Muntinlupa City has 262 confirmed cases with 171 recoveries, 40 active cases, 33 reported deaths, 58 suspect cases, and 389 probable cases as of June 8.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City eyes to extend lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang up to two-weeks

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City eyes to extend lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang up to two-weeks

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Personnel on the watch at Morning Breeze. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Following the declaration of a 72-hour Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in a coastline community in Barangay Alabang starting on June 3, the City Government of Muntinlupa eyes to extend the lockdown up to two-weeks to fully contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi says the City Government is studying to extend the lockdown in Morning Breeze, Alabang should there be a spike in confirmed cases despite the stringent quarantine measures.

“An extension of the lockdown in Morning Breeze is a possibility that we are considering should there be a need for such extension upon assessment of the situation. We ask for the cooperation of our residents in Morning Breeze to stay at home for the next days. The lockdown aims to ensure their safety and the successful containment of the virus in their community,” the local exec said.

The mayor recently signed Executive Order No. 19 series of 2020 ordering ELCQ in Morning Breeze, a barrio with 455 families situated near Laguna de Bay, starting June 3, 12:01 AM to June 5, 11:59 PM.

As of June 2, the City Health Office says Morning Breeze has one of the highest COVID-19 cases with 10 confirmed positive cases, 98 probable cases, and three recoveries.

On May 27, CHO conducted targeted mass testing for COVID-19 among residents of the community and six individuals were immediately confirmed positive using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. The local health office is still waiting for the results of four symptomatic patients who are all residents of Morning Breeze.

CHO has transferred the six residents who tested positive for COVID-19, including 33 suspect individuals, to a dedicated quarantine facility in Ospital ng Muntinlupa for treatment.

During the lockdown, CHO will conduct a mass testing for all residents of Morning Breeze and will strengthen its isolation strategies for residents who will test positive for the disease.

Muntinlupa Social Services Department, together with Barangay Alabang government, will continue to provide relief food packs to cover all meals and sustain the residents during the effectivity of the ELCQ.

Member of the Philippine National Police – Muntinlupa City Station were deployed in the community to provide round the clock security and ensure that residents stay at home and do not violate physical distancing. The local government also partnered with the Philippine Coast Guard – Bayanan Sub-Station to provide security along Laguna Lake coastline of the community.

The City Government also plans to conduct a localized community quarantine in several areas in the city with high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Muntinlupa City has 236 confirmed cases with 163 recoveries, 41 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 57 suspect cases, and 369 probable cases as of June 3.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Liquor ban in Muntinlupa City lifted but with restrictions amid GCQ

COVID-19 Crisis: Liquor ban in Muntinlupa City lifted but with restrictions amid GCQ

The liquor ban in Muntinlupa City has been lifted but with restrictions for the duration of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed City Ordinance No. 2020-100 into law effectively lifting the liquor ban in the city with provisions on restrictions and guidelines for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Under the city’s ordinance, residents can only consume alcoholic beverages within the private residence of the consumer. Social drinking involving individuals not living in the same residence shall still be strictly prohibited.

The City Government warns beneficiaries of financial assistance from DSWD, other national government agencies, and the City Government that they are prohibited to use their cash aid to purchase liquor or any alcoholic beverage to ensure that the government assistance is not wasted on alcohol. Beneficiaries of government financial assistance shall sign an undertaking to refrain from consuming alcohol during the GCQ and MGCQ.

The public is encouraged to report violators to the Barangay for proper action. Violators may face disqualification to receive financial assistance from government agencies.

Business establishments selling liquor are required to keep a log book of individuals who will purchase alcoholic beverages containing information including name of buyer, address of buyer, contact details, date and time of purchase, among others.

Minors and individuals already intoxicated are still prohibited to buy alcohol in the city.

A local task force headed by Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Muntinlupa Business Permits and Licensing Office has been inspecting commercial establishments and malls in the city to ensure that local ordinances, including other health protocols such as physical distancing, are followed.

Under the general community quarantine, the local government has also implemented measures for people going to Muntinlupa City Hall compound including temperature checks, “no face mask, no entry” policy, physical distancing and disinfection.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi reminds city residents to be on guard and to continue observing health protocols as quarantine measures are relaxed in the implementation of GCQ. The local exec warned the public of another spike in COVID-19 cases upon complacency in observing quarantine protocols.

Recently, a community in Barangay Alabang (Morning Breeze) has been placed on a 72-hour Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) starting on Wednesday to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Muntinlupa City has 236 confirmed cases with 159 recoveries, 45 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 54 suspect cases, and 353 probable cases as of June 2.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City deploys shuttle service for commuters amid public transportation restriction in GCQ

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City deploys shuttle service for commuters amid public transportation restriction in GCQ

 

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Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela inspect city buses to be deployed on Tuesday to help out commuters left stranded by the ban on public transport during the general community quarantine. The local government of Muntinlupa deploys city buses servicing route from Tunasan to Alabang (National Road) and vice versa to ferry stranded commuters from 5:00 AM to 12:00 NN and 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A “no mask, no entry” policy and physical distancing will be strictly implemented in the shuttle services. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

To help the many commuters who were left stranded by the ban on public transport during the general community quarantine (GCQ), the City Government of Muntinlupa deploys shuttle services to ferry them along the city’s National Road.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi inspected city buses to be mobilized on Tuesday together with City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela and Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau chief Danidon Nolasco.

Two city buses and one coaster servicing route from Tunasan to Alabang (National Road) and vice versa will ferry commuters from 5:00 AM to 12:00 NN and 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A “no mask, no entry” policy and physical distancing will be strictly implemented in the shuttle services.

Recently, the City Government also mobilized 28 Hatid Serbisyo fleets (11 flexi-trucks, 11 e-jeepneys, and six e-tricycles servicing provincial road (Baybayin)) to help frontliners and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR).

Under the general community quarantine, the Department of Transportation implemented two phases for the resumption of operation of the different modes of public transportation.

For the first phase from June to 21, public utility vehicles including trains, bus augmentation units, taxis, ride-hailing cars, shuttle services, point-to-point (P2P) buses, and bicycles will be allowed to operate at a limited capacity.

While, modern PUVs and UV Express will be allowed to operate for the second phase which will run from June 22 to 30 with limited passenger capacity.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has approved Executive Order No. 15 s.2020 allowing the resumption of tricycle operations in the city during the community quarantine.

Starting May 25, the City Government has allowed tricycle to operate and transport authorized passengers provided that they follow sanitary measures. An odd-even scheme has been enforced and tricycles can only operate from 5:00 AM – 12:00 MN.

Muntinlupa City has 229 confirmed cases with 158 recoveries, 39 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 47 suspect cases, and 342 probable cases as of June 1.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Council agrees to lift liquor ban but maintains restrictions during GCQ

COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City Council agrees to lift liquor ban but maintains restrictions during GCQ

The liquor ban in Muntinlupa City is soon to be lifted after members of Muntinlupa City Council today resolved to pass an ordinance lifting the ban but with restrictions for the duration of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Tez Navarro said the City Council is yet to finalize an ordinance lifting the liquor ban in the city with provisions on restrictions and guidelines for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

She noted that social drinking involving individuals not living in the same residence shall still be strictly prohibited. Consumption or drinking of any kind of alcoholic beverages shall only be permitted within the private residence of the consumer.

Navarro added that beneficiaries of any financial assistance given by the national and local government during the community quarantine may not use their cash aid to purchase any alcoholic beverages. Violators shall be disqualified from any existing and future financial assistance from the government.

An ordinance for the lifting of the liquor ban in Muntinlupa City will be issued within the week.

A local task force headed by Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Muntinlupa Business Permits and Licensing Office has been inspecting commercial establishments and malls in the city to ensure that local ordinances and physical distancing are followed.

Under the general community quarantine, the local government has also implemented measures for people going to Muntinlupa City Hall compound including temperature checks, “no face mask, no entry” policy, physical distancing and disinfection.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi reminds city residents to be on guard and to continue observing health protocols as quarantine measures are relaxed in the implementation of GCQ. The local exec warned the public of another spike in COVID-19 cases upon complacency in observing quarantine protocols.

While Muntinlupa City records the highest recovery rate of COVID-19 cases among Metro Manila cities at 69.68% as of May 29, Fresnedi said the City Government will continue to implement more stringent quarantine measures to entirely curb the virus in the city.

Muntinlupa City has 226 confirmed cases with 157 recoveries, 37 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 31 suspect cases, and 302 probable cases as of May 31.


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COVID-19 Crisis: DOH, WHO praise Muntinlupa City’s response, strategies vs COVID-19

COVID-19 Crisis: DOH, WHO praise Muntinlupa City’s response, strategies vs COVID-19

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Department of Health and World Health Organization execs led by DOH Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores visited Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy visit on Thursday and cited the local exec’s leadership and response to the pandemic. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Posting the highest recovery rate of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) praised Muntinlupa City’s strategies in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities.

DOH and WHO delegates led by DOH Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores visited Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy visit recently to commend the local exec’s leadership and response to the pandemic.

Flores cited the City Government’s efforts in contact tracing, strong coordination with public and private hospitals for management of COVID-19 patients, weekly meetings with barangay leaders, and active barangay health emergency response system.

She also lauded the city’s swabbing process with a drive-thru feature, installation up of a testing lab and construction of additional isolation rooms in Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

Also attending the meeting were DOH Asst. Regional Director Dr. Paz Corrales, DOH Epidemiologist Dr. Manuel Mapue, WHO technical officers Dr. Juhani Capeding and Dr. Rodel Nodora, and Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao.

DOH and WHO execs also visited the 108-bed quarantine facility at the Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal As One Center’ in Alabang. The mega quarantine facility was formally turned over to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) last May 13.

Muntinlupa City recorded the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 68.93% as of May 24. Further, COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of nine 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.

The City Government continues to conduct targeted mass testing for city residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. PCR Testing administered to residents is for free. As of May 23, the local health office has tested 2,300 residents and frontliners. Confirmed patients are immediately referred to quarantine facilities while close contacts and their families are isolated.

The City Government implements a holistic approach in treating COVID-19 patients and suspect individuals by providing psychosocial, spiritual, and support care on top of medical assistance. Recovered patients are continuously monitored by CHO and are given vitamins and other supplies.

Fresnedi said the City Government will implement more stringent quarantine measures and will not be complacent with the high recovery rate among Muntinlupa’s COVID-19 cases. The local exec reminded city residents that they should continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks when going out of their homes.

Muntinlupa City has 211 confirmed cases with 145 recoveries, 34 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 42 suspect cases, and 228 probable cases as of May 28.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Filinvest City Foundation donates over two thousand rapid test kits to Muntinlupa City Government

COVID-19 Crisis: Filinvest City Foundation donates over two thousand rapid test kits to Muntinlupa City Government

Recently the Filinvest City Foundation emphasized its generosity and care by donating two thousand and ten (2,010) of rapid test kits to the City Government of Muntinlupa. The donation was meant to augment the city’s mass testing efforts.

The donation was formally done on May 22 at the office of Mayor Jaime Fresnedi who expressed his gratitude to the foundation which was represented by its general manager Arch Lui Lava. Also present during the receiving of the rapid test kits were City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao, City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, and Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Gary Llamas.

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Filinvest Corporate City Foundation has donated 2,010 rapid test kits to the local government of Muntinlupa to augment its targeted mass testing efforts. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (2nd from right) expressed his thanks to FCC Foundation as the local exec received the donation last May 22, together with City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao, City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, and Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Gary Llamas. (photo contributed by Muntinlupa PIO)
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A few of the many rapid test kits. (photo contributed by Muntinlupa PIO)

As of May 26, Muntinlupa City has 211 confirmed cases with 145 recoveries, 34 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 29 suspect cases, and 186 probable cases.


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