9 city barangays under surgical lockdown due to Delta cases  

Nine barangays in Iloilo City were placed under surgical lockdown for three days starting August 25, 2021 following the detection of Delta variant in these areas.

Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order (E.O.) No. 76 issued on Tuesday night mandated the localized containment of selected areas in the nine barangays in the metro where the Delta variant was detected.

Under the EO, portions of 29 Jereos Street and Magsaysay Village in La Paz district; Rica Village, Mac Arthur Drive in Cubay, Jaro and portion of Metropolis Subdivision in Tagbak Jaro will be placed under the localized lockdown.

In Molo district, portions of the commercial building across Arroyo Elementary School in North Fundidor and Zone 2 in Katilingban will also be affected by the surgical lockdown.

Meanwhile, Ana Ros Subdivision in Calahunan; Apartment Building on No. 13 Guzman Street in Guzman-Jesena; and a boarding house located at First Homes Subdivision in Nava-is in Mandurriao district were placed under surgical lockdown.

Treñas said that the surgical lockdown was based on the recommendation of the Iloilo City Covid-19 team to give way to disinfection, mandatory random testing and other health interventions following the detection of Delta variant cases in the said areas.

Iloilo City has recorded 11 more cases of the Delta variant based on the results of the specimens from the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) released last Monday, August 23. This brings the total Delta cases in Iloilo City to 15.

Two Delta cases were recorded each in Jereos, La Paz and North Fundidor, Molo while the villages of Magsaysay, La Paz; Cubay and Tagbak, Jaro; Calahunan, Guzman, and Navais in Mandurriao; and Katilingban, Molo each recorded one Delta case.

According to the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), all cases have already recovered but will have to undergo mandatory swab test.

Under the surgical lockdown, all residents of the affected barangays are advised to “refrain from unnecessary travel” until the testing and sanitation process is done.

Public and private forms of transportation, including the unauthorized movement of persons along the streets of the said barangays, “shall be absolutely restricted” during the lockdown period.

Personnel from the Public Safety and Traffic Management Office, City Health Office (CHO), Iloilo City Compliance Officers, Philippine National Police, and barangay officials have been directed to enforce the surgical lockdown.

The 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew and liquor ban will also be implemented on the affected areas. (ERS)