NCR under granular lockdown starting Wednesday

    The pandemic task force approves the implementation of a granular lockdown which starts on 08 September in the National Capital Region.
    The NCR is also chosen as the pilot area, a Government official says, which is still under modified enhanced community quarantine until 07 September.

    MANILA — According to interior and local government undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, a consensus was reached among government agencies to impose granular lockdown in lieu of a wide-area application of quarantine restrictions.

    Small pockets or areas of transmission would be placed under a hard lockdown and are designated corresponding levels from 1 to 4. Level 4, which requires stringent quarantine indicates a high level of community transmission based on the World Health Organization’s latest situation report. Guidelines for the granular lockdown will be made available before 07 September.

    Food will be provided to those who will be placed under hard lockdown, says trade and industry secretary Ramon Lopez.

    This time, more businesses will be allowed to open depending on the situation on specific areas. Public health and social measures shall continue to be observed as hand hygiene, wearing of face masks and shields, cleaning, disinfection, ventilation, and social distancing.

    Authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) in areas declared under hard lockdown will not be allowed to go in and out. Employers are to provide temporary housing or lodging. Or they will have to work from home if temporary housing is not possible.

    Opting for a granular lockdown was in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s quest for a more precise and responsive system.

    After applying granular lockdown for quite some time now, Mr Lopez says, “we fine-tuned it, made it more specific so that, hopefully, it will be more effective,”

    The latest DOH case bulletin reports 20,516 new infections. A total of 2,061,084 COVID-19 cases and rising have been tallied nationwide since the start of the pandemic. (RA/The MiNT)

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