Alaska lockdown under review

AS LONG as there’s evidence of community transmission of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Sitio Alaska in Barangay Mambaling, asymptomatic patients will not be allowed to go home even if they have been declared laboratory-negative.

“If we allow them to go home and there are still reported community transmission of the infection, we will only go back to zero,” said Cebu City Health Officer Daisy Villa.

The asymptomatic patients are staying in barangay isolation centers.

Villa said the community would have to be cleared of infection before the patients who have recovered from Covid-19 would be allowed to go home.

Sitio Alaska has been on lockdown since May 6, when clusters of infection were reported in the community and cases in Barangay Mambaling increased exponentially.

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said he will wait for the recommendation of the health department before lifting the lockdown.

“It’s being assessed now,” Labella said.

Mambaling Barangay Councilor Anne Marie Vestil-Palomo, in a Facebook post, asked the City Hall for any update of the Alaska lockdown as most of the residents “are getting hungry.”

Palomo said the estimated 22,000 residents of Alaska “may not die of Covid-19, but of hunger.”

Labella said the City has sent relief goods to the community.

Mambaling Barangay Captain Gines Abellana also said relief goods consisting of rice, canned goods and noodles were distributed last week until June 9.

Abellana said the mayor has been supporting the barangay all throughout the lockdown.

“Wa tawn mi gipasagdan sa mayor,” he said. (JJL)