City of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered a total lockdown for 48 hours this weekend of 31 barangays due to the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Under Moreno’s Executive Order No. 31, the following barangays will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for disease surveillance and testing: Barangays 20, 41, 51, 56, 66, 96, 97, 101, 106, 116, 118, 120, 128 and 129 in District 1; Barangays 163, 173, 180, 185 and 215 in District 2; Barangays 275, 310, 343 and 380 in District 3; Barangays 649, 724, 766, 775 and 811 in District 5; and Barangays 836, 846 and 847 in District 6.

The lockdown will be implemented starting at midnight of July 4 until 11:59 p.m. on July 5.

Frontliners and essential workers will be exempted from the lockdown, only the residents are not allowed to go out of their houses.

“Station commanders of police stations in the said barangays are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas necessary for the effective implementation of the ECQ,” Moreno said in his order.

The mayor added that commercial, industrial, retail, institutional and other activities are also suspended during the lockdown.

As of June 29, 147 COVID-19 positive cases were posted in those 31 barangays, according to the Manila Health Department.

Meanwhile, some areas of Barangay BF Homes in Parañaque CIty will also implement a “calibrated” lockdown for three days starting today.

The city government said the lockdown will be strictly observed until July 5 on Target Range 1; Clinicville Purok 1 and 2; J. Marquez Compound; Apple street, Chico street, Dalandan street and Calamansi street of Sampaloc Site 2 and Purok 3, Purok 3A, Aratiles 1 and 2 in Masville due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in these areas.

As of July 1, Barangay BF Homes posted 56 active cases with 69 recoveries and 9 fatalities.  (RJ Espartinez)