The Davao City government here has imposed a hard lockdown on its Barangay 23-C last Saturday following the surge of Covid-19 infections in the area.
City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said the downtown barangay has been classified as a high-risk area with a high daily infection rate, and its hard lockdown aims to arrest the spread of the virus in the area that has so far infected 88 residents, two of whom already died. The village has about 18,000 residents.
“The situation in this barangay is very serious and has been the subject of several meetings. We advise everyone to avoid going to that area for whatever reason,” Duterte said in a radio interview.
From June 28 to July 3 alone, 17 residents tested positive for Covid-19, as shown by data from the Davao City Operations Center for Covid-19. The youngest infected resident was a 25-day-old baby while the oldest was 75 years old.
A hard lockdown means that the entire village will undergo a minimum of 14-day quarantine, Duterte warned Dabawenyos to refrain from visiting the “hot spot” and “very high risk” area.
Dr. Joy Villafuerte, Davao City Health Office chief, said the lockdown requires the strict observance of stringent protocols applied under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) regime, which includes restricted movements of people.
“The residents will be confined in the barangay. No one is allowed to enter or go out until the spread of the virus is stopped,” Villafuerte said, adding that the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has been tasked to provide the residents with daily food rations as well as psychosocial interventions.
Security forces will be deployed in the area to ensure that lockdown measures are followed. “We advise everyone to avoid going to that area for whatever reason, be it for work or not, or going to establishments that are within this area,” Villafuerte said.
The City’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment Map published on June 25, shows that the areas classified as very high risk include Barangay 23-C, Agdao Proper, Bucana, Buhangin Proper, Cabantian, Leon Garcia, Ma-a and Matina Crossing.
Similarly identified as high-risk areas are Barangay 5-A, 19-B, 22-C, Talomo Proper, and Wilfredo Aquino. (Che Palicte/PNA)