No Metro Manila lockdown for the first time since 2020

April 11, 2022

MANILA — For the first time since March 2020, no area or even household in any of Metro Manila’s 16 cities and one municipality was deemed to be on lockdown, the Metro Manila Region Police Bureau confirmed on Saturday. national capital (NCRPO).

Even across the country, only four households, with seven people infected with COVID-19, in the Cordillera administrative region remained in granular containment, as of April 8.

The Philippine National Police, however, reported that there were still 292 quarantine checkpoints nationwide, but none in Metro Manila or central Luzon.

Locks

While previously called by different names – localized enhanced community quarantine, pocket lockdown, lockdown of special concern – local governments in Metro Manila have been implementing granular lockdowns since 2020, based on their own set of rules.

Local governments usually close a barangay, street, establishment, compound or home where a cluster of COVID-19 cases has been detected.

During a lockdown, which typically lasts several days to two weeks, authorities conduct mass testing of all area residents to detect even asymptomatic cases.

Lockdowns are only lifted when the local epidemiology and surveillance unit has observed a significant downward trend in the number of active COVID-19 cases.

The Department of Health (DOH) said earlier that the daily number of COVID-19 infections has plateaued in all regions of the country, with new cases only reaching over 200 for four consecutive days.

More areas at Alert Level 1

Average daily infections from March 31 to April 6 also fell to 357 cases from 382 recorded from March 28 to April 3. The country’s positivity rate is also now down to 1.8% from 2% in the same period.

But according to the DOH COVID-19 online tracker, the number of new cases rose to 302 on April 9, from 290 on April 8.

Of the total of 3,681,101 cases as of April 9, only 0.8% were active cases. The majority of them are asymptomatic, mild or moderate, according to the DOH.

Of the total confirmed cases of COVID-19, most were from NCR 1, 170,678 (31.8%).

With the improvement of the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has upgraded more areas to Alert Level 1, the least restrictive quarantine classification at five levels.

As of Friday, there were 78 provinces, heavily urbanized cities and independent component cities, as well as 178 component cities and municipalities at Alert Level 1 through April 15. Meanwhile, the rest of the country remains at Alert Level 2.

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