Cebu City set to lift hard lockdown in 1 sitio, but not on 5 others

Lorraine Ecarma
Only Abellanosa Compound, Sitio Kalubihan is recommended for transition after its lone COVID-19 patient completed quarantine requirements

The hard lockdown imposed on one out of the 6 sitios in Cebu City will soon be lifted according to Cebu City Spokesperson Rey Gealon.

Quiot Barangay Captain Francis Esparis said he submitted his recommendation to lift the lockdown on Abellanosa Compound to the Mayor’s office on Wednesday, July 29.

“Based [on] our BHERT’s (barangay health emergency response team) report and monitoring, naghimo ko og recommendation ngadto sa atong mayor’s office for the lifting of the granular lockdown sa Abellanosa Compound, Sitio Kalubihan, Barangay Quiot,” Esparis told Rappler.

(Based on our BHERT’s report and monitoring, I sent a recommendation to our Mayor’s office for the lifting of the granular lockdown on Abellanosa Compound, Sitio Kalubihan, Barangay Quiot.)

Esparis said that the lone COVID-19 patient in the compound has completed the required number of days of isolation and was subsequently considered recovered.

He added that 6 other contacts in the area who were swab-tested obtained negative results for the coronavirus.

In a virtual press briefing that same day, Gealon said that Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella would endorse the request to the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19.

Sa unom ka lugar nga gi-granular lockdown, i-recommend karon sa ato nga kagamhanan– base usab sa nakita nga datos sa Department of Health (DOH)… [nga]pagpa-swab, nigawas nga neagtibo na ang mga resulta,” he said.

(For the 6 areas under granular lockdown, the City Government will soon recommend– based on the data from the Department of Health… those who, upon swabbing, showed negative results.)

This leaves only 5 Cebu City sitios under hard lockdown. These are:

  • Sitio Eyha, Guadalupe;
  • Balaga Drive to Sitio Cekalco, Labangon;
  • Tuada Compound, Tisa;
  • San Isidro, Quiot;
  • C Minda Extentsion, Mabolo.

Residents from these areas were still prohibited from leaving their homes except for medical and emergency reasons. Gealon assured the public that the city government continued to provide provisions, such as sacks of rice and canned goods to families in areas under hard lockdown.

He added that the hard lockdown on the 5 areas may be lifted as soon as swab tests from the City Health Department in coordination with DOH yield negative results.

He also said that the status of the rest of the 21 sitios initially identified for hard lockdown will depend on the results after re-swabbing.

As of Tuesday, July 28, Cebu City, which was under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), reported 43 new cases of COVID-19. This puts the city’s active cases to 3,266 while its number of deaths stand at 472. –