MANILA, Philippines – Another municipality reported its first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case on Saturday (April 4), prompting the Rizal provincial government to place the entire province on lockdown.
On Saturday, the municipal government of Tanay confirmed its first case of COVID-19, a 24-year-old dialysis patient who had no history of overseas travel or exposure to previously confirmed cases.
Taytay Councilor Papoo Cruz , citing an executive order signed by Rizal Acting Governor Reynaldo San Juan Jr., said the lockdown will start at 8:00 am on Monday (April 6) as part of the provincial government’s measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
No less than the province’s Governor Rebecca ‘Nini’ Ynares and her husband tested positive for the disease.
Under the lockdown order, non-Rizal residents will be barred from entering the province’s borders unless they belong to the essential workforce identified by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IAF).
These are medical health workers, emergency front liners, diplomats, concerned government workers, media personnel and employees who are part of the skeleton forces of essential businesses in operation.
Meanwhile, cargo and delivery trucks transporting food commodities and farm products are allowed in designated food lanes to ensure unhampered movement.
There will also be express lanes for donations intended for medical workers and those in need of immediate medical attention.
Mass transport will remain suspended in the province and special service vehicles will only be provided for frontliners and medical workers.
Residents are reminded to observe the 24-hour curfew and only those with quarantine passes are allowed to go out and access essential items under a limited time.
As of Saturday (April 4), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Rizal province as having a total of 98 cases pending further updates.
The province rallies next to Metro Manila among areas that have the highest number of COVID-19 cases which are broken down as follows:
- Antipolo City, Rizal – 36
- Cainta, Rizal – 31
- Taytay, Rizal – 12
- San Mateo, Rizal – 10
- Rodriguez, Rizal – 4
- Binangonan, Rizal – 2
- Teresa, Rizal – 2
- Morong, Rizal – 1
Though the Rizal provincial government reported the total number of confirmed cases on its tally is at 106 with 18 mortalities as of April 3.