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2 QC barangays under ‘extreme’ enhanced quarantine

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Quezon City Hall workers pack essential health kits composed of face masks, alcohol, Vitamin C tablets, multivitamins and germicidal soap distributed to 100,000 indigent families. (Facebook)

Tandang Sora and Kalusugan villages in Quezon City, with three confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are under extreme enhanced community quarantine.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the residences of the COVID-19 patients are now considered hot zones.

A checkpoint manned by QC police will not allow anyone to go out of the hot zone. The local government will provide the residents with food and other basic needs.

A warm zone, meanwhile, is an area within the 500-meter perimeter radius of the hot zone housess. Strict monitoring and surveillance will likewise be applied in and around the area. Only one member of the household in the warm zone will be allowed to go out to purchase basic needs.

“We have decided to use strict community quarantine after meeting with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and other concerned agencies and offices,” said Belmonte.

“This way, we will help prevent the spread of the virus to nearby areas and keep other parts of the community safe.”

As of Wednesday, QC has 29 confirmed COVID-19 cases, about 14 percent of the national data and mostly by local transmission.

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council provided 50 partition tents to the Philippine Heart Center as additional holding areas to monitor incoming Patients Under Investigations in the quarantine area. (Facebook)

A 500-meter quarantine radius is also implemented around the three government-run hospitals in the city—Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

Belmonte earlier issued a memorandum controlling public access to the four city-based national hospitals, including the Philippine Lung Center.

Based on the memorandum, all persons entering and exiting these hospitals will be subjected to thorough health checks and temperature scans while their names, address and phone number will be recorded for purposes of contact tracing.

Persons showing COVID-19 symptoms will be placed in isolation and prevented from leaving until allowed by hospital authorities.

If a Person Under Monitoring is allowed to leave, home quarantine will be required.

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