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Lockdown in National Capital Region: A boon or a bane?


The onslaught of coronavirus in the Philippines has become a nightmare among Filipinos, with the deadly virus, which originated from Wuhan, China, now starting to wreck havoc in the country.

As the coronavirus disease inflicted over a hundred Filipinos now with 11 deaths, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a total lockdown in Metro Manila, purposely to contain the fast spread of the virus.

President Duterte, in his recent speech, said long before the coronavirus many Filipinos have been to Wuhan, China and now that covid-19 is now in the Philippines "it's a matter of contamination, we will just have to rely on how strong the antibodies of the Filipinos are."

Duterte said the lockdown is not mean to scare the Filipinos but it is meant to prevent more contamination outside of Metro Manila.

Most of those infected were from Metro Manila, and the latest as of March 15 according to the Department of Health data includes 3 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 11, with 140 infections. The latest death count was an American from Marikina City, and two more Filipinos from Pasig City and Negros Oriental.  

As lockdown started Sunday, the Philippine Government has utilized the police and military to set up checkpoints in key areas in Manila and checked on the riding public's health condition.

Those found having fever are advised to undergo further tests at a designated place manned by medical professionals.

The implementation of community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR) has become rigid amid fears of the deadly coronavirus infection. Although, this was part of the government's announcement of Code Red Sub-level 2 alert.

Passenger vehicles such as buses, jeepneys including private cars and trucks were all stopped by manning policemen and members of the army, and all passengers body temperatures were also checked by scanners.

Thermal scanners were also scattered in malls, superstores and in areas where many people are frequenting to easily detect health conditions of the people. 

Meanwhile, PBA party-list Representative Jericho Nograles reported to the media that an employee of the House of Representatives, who recently tested positive of the virus, has already died on Sunday morning (March 15).

Nograles said the employee expired at around 1:45 early dawn but did not divulge the identity of the latest coronavirus casualty in the country. He also did not say which department the employee belongs.

In an interview with Dobol B News TV, the young solon said members of the House are also worried with the death of one of its hundreds of employees, adding that he also feared the said employee could have infected other employees, and even members of the House of Representatives.


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