Bacoor City placed under lockdown

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2020 12:52 AM

MANILA - Bacoor City was placed under lockdown Thursday midnight as local officials decided to restrict movement of residents to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a statement, Bacoor Rep. Strike Revilla announced the lockdown and urged residents to comply.

"Hinihiling po ang pakikiisa ng lahat, lalo na ng ating mga kapwa Bacooreño. Para din ito sa ating kapakanan at ng ating mga mahal sa buhay," he said.

Revilla did not give details on the guidelines of the directive.

The northern island of Luzon was placed under enhanced community quarantine after cases of the coronavirus rapidly rose in the last two weeks.

City and province borders were shut off to most non-residents, public transportation was suspended, and government and other non-essential work were also canceled.

As of Wednesday, more than 200 COVID-19 cases were confirmed by the Philippines, with 17 fatalities.

Worldwide, COVID-19 cases have risen to more than 200,000 with over 4,500 deaths.