Confirmed: Isko Moreno Orders "Hard Lockdown" in Sampaloc

It's happening for 48 hours.

( The possibility of a lockdown in Sampaloc in the city of Manila was confirmed by Mayor Isko Moreno on April 19; and today, April 21, he announced the details of a 48-hour "hard lockdown" in the area. This runs from April 23, 8 p.m. to April 25, 8 p.m.

During this period, health authorities will be deployed to conduct "disease surveillance, [mass] testing, and rapid risk assessment." For 48 hours, all residents of Sampaloc are required to stay home.

Exempted from the "hard lockdown" are:

  • healthcare workers
  • police and military personnel
  • government employees
  • service workers (pharmacies, drug stores and death care service establishments)
  • barangay officials
  • media practitioners accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Inter-Agency Task Force

"Station commanders of police stations in the said district are hereby directed to employ and deploy officers and personnel in strategic locations and areas in the district necessary for the effective implementation of the shutdown," the executive order indicated.


This measure comes after the district registered 99 positive COVID-19 cases and 159 suspect cases as of April 20, 5 p.m. Sampaloc also recorded a significant jump of new cases in one day on April 1 with 41 patients infected with the virus.

Main photo by Patrick Roque / Wikimedia

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