MANILA--Mayor Kit Nieto on Thursday said Cainta town in Rizal will be under quarantine beginning Sunday, as a response to the growing threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The announcement, made on Facebook, came after President Rodrigo Duterte advised authorities to isolate villages if at least 2 confirmed novel coronavirus cases are recorded in their areas.
"Pursuant to the President’s pronouncements, documented in an inter-agency resolution involving Covid19, and further considering the presence of three confirmed cases of subject virus situated in Barangays San Isidro and San Andres, I am constrained to place the entire town of Cainta under quarantine," Nieto said.
"The implementation, however, shall coincide with the effectivity of Resolution No. 11 series of 2020 issued by the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases."
The government earlier placed Metro Manila under what it calls "community quarantine" to contain the fast-spreading COVID-19, which has infected at least 52 people in the country, 5 of whom have died. Two of those who died, a couple, were from Cainta.
“It’s a lockdown. There is no struggle of power here…It’s just a matter of protecting and defending you from COVID-19,” Duterte said in a public address to the Filipino nation.
The resolution of the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said restrictions could be implemented throughout a city or municipality if at least 2 persons are infected in different villages (“barangay”). Similar confirmed cases in different cities may trigger a province-wide quarantine.