22 Pasay communities under lockdown
A total of 22 villages and 70 houses in Pasay City are under localized enhanced community quarantine (LECQ) to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to a report by Philippine News Agency.
The city government said it is intensifying measures to contain the spread of the dreaded virus, particularly the Delta variant.
The hard lockdown was imposed after the city's active cases more than doubled from 111 on July 31 to 298 cases on Thursday.
Pasay’s positivity rate is at 11.82 percent, according to the City Health Office.
Affected residents under hard lockdown will receive food packs.
The LECQ will be lifted subject to the recommendation of the Pasay City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.
Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said LECQ has been proven effective to prevent further local transmission of Covid-19 infections, like in February when daily active cases rose to as much as 2,000 but dipped when LECQ was imposed.
Under the city guidelines, only those aged 18 to 65 years old are allowed to go out for essentials travels and transactions.
Curfew hours will be implemented from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. while non-authorized persons outside residence (APORs) must stay home.
Each household shall secure one quarantine pass with only the APOR allowed to leave.
Like in the rest of the National Capital Region, dine-in services and mass gatherings, except for government services or humanitarian activities, are strictly prohibited; and public transportation will operate with limited capacity and with strict observance of physical distancing.
Pasay also prohibits visiting other houses in LECQ areas and selling of liquor from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
The Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH) has a current 43-percent occupancy rate in the Covid-19 ward, with four intensive care unit beds and 14 regular Covid-dedicated beds still available.
Dr. John Victor de Gracia, PCGH officer-in-charge, likewise reported that the occupancy rate for the Covid-transition ward is now at 65 percent, with only seven unoccupied beds.
Full capacity was reported for non-coronavirus cases but patients with pediatric, surgery, and obstetrics needs will still be accommodated.
Pasay residents are prioritized for admission.
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