Several areas in the Philippine capital, especially in the cities of Manila and Quezon, have been placed under strict “lockdown” due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.
In the city of Manila, movement in the following villages have been restricted:
- Barangay 351 in San Lazaro, Tayuman
- Barangay 725 in Malate
- Barangay 699, Malate Bayview Mansion
- Barangay 699, Hop Inn Hotel
Residents will be restricted to their homes and are not allowed to go outside except for “authorized persons outside of residence” like health and service workers, the police and military, and village and city officials.
In Quezon City, the following areas have been placed under “special concern lockdown”:
- A portion of Durian Street in Barangay Pasong Tamo – starting February 25
- L. Pascual Street in Barangay Baesa – starting February 26
- De Los Santos Compound, Heavenly Drive in Barangay San Agustin – starting March 1
- No. 49 and 51 E Rodriguez Sr. Ave. in Barangay Doña Josefa – starting March 4
- Paul Street and Thaddeus Street, Jordan Park Homes Subdivision, Doña Carmen in Barangay Commonwealth – starting March 4
- No. 237 Apo Street in Barangay Maharlika – starting March 4
- No. 64 14th Avenue in Barangay Socorro – starting March 6
- No. 64-B Agno Extension in Barangay Tatalon – starting March 7
- No. 90 Gonzales Compound, Barangay Balon Bato – starting March 8
- No. 2A-4 K-6th in Barangay West Kamias – starting March 8
- A portion of Sitio 5, Jose Abad Santos in Barangay Sta. Lucia – starting March 9
- No. 46, 47, 48, 49, and 50 K-9th Street in Barangay West Kamias – starting March 8
As of Wednesday, the Philippines recorded its highest number of active COVID-19 cases since October 24 last year at 44,470, or 7.4 percent of the country’s cumulative total cases.
The Department of Health reported 2,886 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the total to 603,308 as vaccinations against the disease continue for the second week.
The increase in the number of additional daily cases in recent weeks has been attributed to the spread of COVID-19 in the national capital.
Of those currently battling the disease, 91.7 percent have mild symptoms, 4 percent are asymptomatic, 1.7 percent are in critical condition, 1.7 percent have severe symptoms, and 0.8 percent have moderate symptoms.
The Health department announced 17 new COVID-related deaths, or a total of 12,545 fatalities, which accounts for 2.08 percent percent of the cumulative total cases.
There are also 221 new recovered patients, or a total of 546,293 recoveries.
The World Health Organization said the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, cannot be considered a second wave of coronavirus infections, as the country has yet to slow down the first wave.