By Jonathan Hicap
The Muntinlupa City government will lift the extreme lockdown imposed on an Alabang community on June 16 after the health conditions of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the area have improved.
After a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Morning Breeze Homes community in Alabang was put under a two-week extreme localized community quarantine (ELCQ) from June 3 to 16.
According to City Health Officer Dr. Teresa Tuliao, the COVID-19 situation in Morning Breeze is now under control with 16 active cases and six patients who have recovered as of June 15. She said the lockdown has helped to control the spread of the virus.
All COVID-19 positive patients from Morning Breeze are currently confined at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa and all probable cases in the community have tested negative for the virus.
During the lockdown, the City Health Office conducted mass testing among Morning Breeze residents, and strengthened isolation strategies and treatment of residents. The city government gave relief food packs to residents to cover all meals and other basic supplies during the quarantine period.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered the imposition of a lockdown in Morning Breeze after the number of COVID-19 cases increased. He said the city government will continue to monitor the community after the lifting of the lockdown.
“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,” he said.
The city government is considering locking down other communities with a high number of COVID-19 cases.
As of June 14, Muntinlupa has 303 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 185 patients who have recovered and 35 deaths, leaving 83 active cases.