Manila to Implement "Hard Lockdown" in Tondo

Final dates have yet to be announced.

( After the lifting of a 48-hour "hard lockdown" in Sampaloc in the city of Manila on April 25, Mayor Isko Moreno confirmed in a video interview with ANC's Karen Davila on April 29 that the local government is eyeing  a lockdown in Tondo to contain the continuous spread of COVID-19. "It can be May 2 and 3, it can be May 3 and 4, basta this weekend definitely," the mayor said.

As of writing, Tondo has the second highest number of positive COVID-19 cases with 81 patients in Tondo District 1 and 51 patients in Tondo District 2. The area also has the highest number of suspected cases with 222 individuals in the first district and 129 possible patients in the second district. The mayor, however, clarified that only District 1 of Tondo—which has 136 barangays and about 500,000 residents—will be placed in lockdown. GMA News reported that Divisoria Night Market and Manila International Container Port will remain operational during this period.


"In the case of Tondo, ito kailangang masusi ang pag-aaral dito because as you all know, source ng komersiyo d’yan nanggagaling sa Tondo at isa sa mga pinag-iingatan nating desisyon sa pagpa-plano ng hard lockdown sa Tondo ay 'yong Divisoria vegetable, meat, and fish night market because that supplies our markets in 17 pamilihang bayan dito sa lungsod, and that helps also Metro Manila public markets," Moreno added. The local government consulted on the target date with the city's port operations group, which suggested that the lockdown be done on May 3 and 4 since the facility is less busy on Sundays and Mondays.

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Main photo from Manila Public Information Office (taken on April 18, 2020)

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