Hard lockdown begins in Barangay 847

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Hard lockdown begins in Barangay 847 in Manila as Metro Manila shifts to the general community quarantine (GCQ), Monday midnight. 

The local government has ordered the lockdown of Barangay 847 in Pandacan district after the community recorded four positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Ruben Flores Jr., the village chairman, said they had asked the local government for a hard lockdown to prevent the spread of disease among residents.

Within 48 hours or until midnight on Wednesday, the local government will conduct disease surveillance and rapid risk assessment on more than 3,000 barangay residents.

All residents of the barangay except health workers, government employees in emergency frontline services, and service workers in pharmacies, funeral homes, and media companies are prohibited from going out.

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Commercial establishments will be closed, and non-residents will not be allowed unless approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The alleged violators will be taken to the covered court of the barangay, which will serve as a temporary detention facility.

There have been 1,386 positive cases of COVID-19 in the city, according to recent records of the Manila Public Information Office.

The four COVID-19 patients who were confined to Santa Ana Hospital were from Barangay 847.

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Protocols for employees going back to work

The Department of Labor and Employment reiterated the rules employees returning to work should follow. 

According to Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay, the protocols include the following:

  • Employees must undergo temperature checks before entering the office.
  • Employees must also respond to the checklist to determine if an employee has a virus exposure.
  • While working, according to Tutay, the following should observe frequent hand washing, wearing a face mask, physical distancing, and cover mouth when coughing and sneezing.

The company must also give the employee a face mask, and it should not be deducted from the salary.

DOLE also urged employees to eat at their work stations to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Many sectors resumed operations on Monday, June 1, now that Metro Manila is already in GCQ, following a two-month tight lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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