Manila disinfects streets, public markets to combat coronavirus

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) on Wednesday disinfected streets and public markets in the city in a bid to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The MDRRMO used three firetrucks to spray water-based disinfectant along Divisoria, Wagas Market, Arangue Market, Bambang Market, Central Market, Trabaho and Paco Markets, as well as in Dagonoy and Quinta Markets.

Offices at the Manila City Hall and nearby areas were also disinfected.

The misting operations, dubbed as “Oplan Wisik,” started Monday in light of the rising cases of coronavirus in the Philippines.

Since it began, the MDRRMO were able to disinfect streets along the University Belt, Manila City Hall, Taft Avenue, Jones Bridge and other nearby areas.

Hospitals such as Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Hospital, Philippine General Hospital and Jose Abad Santos General Hospital were also disinfected.

The MDRRMO said the operation for airborne and pavement disinfection will continue until Sunday.

As of Tuesday, March 10, the Department of Health said 33 people have tested positive for the virus.

Classes in all levels in public and private schools in Metro Manila have been ordered suspended until March 14 by President Rodrigo Duterte in an attempt to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

He also placed the country under a state of public health emergency following the health department’s hoisting of Code Red Sublevel 1 after confirmation of a local transmission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

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