In the Monday flag raising ceremony this morning, Magalong announced that stricter border control will be implemented wherein only essential and necessary travels are allowed. The Sunday lockdown will be re-implemented and liquor ban will be re-imposed.
The mayor also announces that the Baguio City Public Market will again be closed every Sunday for disinfection while all commercial establishments must ensure that their toilets are disinfected 2 – 3 times per week.
These measures are necessary to steam the tide as 30 new confirmed cases were recorded in Baguio City from July 24 up to July 26. As of 7pm on Sunday, data of the City Health Services Office shows 95 confirmed cases recorded in the city where 45 are active, 48 have recovered and two died.
The same report shows that there are also 223 suspect cases and 3,256 possible cases that are being strictly monitored.
With the surge in cases over the weekend, Magalong earlier ordered the lockdown of 23 barangays, namely Camp Allen, Guisad Central, Kayang Extension, Padre Zamora, Salud Mitra, Upper QM, Asin Road, Bakakeng Central, Middle Quezon Hill, SLU – SVP, Santo Tomas Central (School Area), Santo Tomas Proper, Camp 7, San Vicente, Brookside, Lopez Jaena, New Lucban, MRR - Queen of Peace, Trancoville, West Modernsite and Irisan (Purok 20, 21, 22 and 24).
The lockdown order is for complete and efficient implementation of contact tracing and to ensure the safety of persons who may have come into contact with the new confirmed cases.
Along with the new directives, Magalong reminds anew the public to strictly observe the minimum health standards such as the proper wearing of facemask, social distancing and observance of proper hygiene.
The mayor is set to issue administrative order for the new directives to ensure stricter COVID – 19 control and prevention measures. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar