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Locked down areas drop to 281



Data released by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Tuesday showed that the number of areas that had been placed under granular lockdown in Metro Manila has dropped to 281 as of 27 September from 294 on Sunday.

The localized lockdowns were reported in 146 barangays in the National Capital Region (NCR) which is pilot-testing a five-tier Alert Level System.

Locked down areas included 186 houses, 55 residential buildings, 16 subdivisions, 13 streets and seven residential floors, said the PNP.

To ensure that health protocols are adhered to in the areas under granular lockdown, the PNP has deployed nearly 650 of its personnel augmented by 724 force multipliers, including barangay tanods (guards).

The presence of one Covid-19 case is enough for a local government unit (LGU) to order a lockdown of a residential building floor, Metro Manila Council (MMC) head and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said.

Two virus infections may necessitate the lockdown of an entire street, Olivarez added.

Metro Manila is presently under Alert Level 4 whereby some businesses are allowed to provide indoor services to fully vaccinated individuals or outdoors regardless of the customers’ vaccination status.

Under Alert Level 4, the various LGU have been empowered to impose the granular lockdowns on “critical zones” where Covid-19 cases had been confirmed.