On its first day of being placed under “hard lockdown,” District 1 of Tondo, Manila reported that 85 residents tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

Only rapid tests were administered on District 1’s 1,133 residents.

The district was placed on “hard lockdown” due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases and quarantine violations. As of 1:44 p.m. today, 176 violators were apprehended for breaking lockdown measures.

District 1 became only the second Manila district to be placed under a 48-hour “hard lockdown,” after the Sampaloc district underwent the same measures from April 24 to 26.

Sampaloc and Tondo’s first district have the most Covid-19 cases in the city, with 119 and 102 active cases respectively as of May 2.

The lockdowns were placed to “contain the spread and mitigate any adverse effects” of Covid-19.

Moreno signed Executive Order No. 22 last Thursday, which requires District 1 residents to stay indoors, with only health, military, pharmacy and other essential workers allowed to go outside their houses. John Ezekiel J. Hirro