Quezon City places two more areas under special concern lockdown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) - The Quezon City government has placed two more areas under a special concern lockdown, in addition to the 11 other areas, due to being high-risk for more COVID-19 infections.

The newly identified areas are Certeza Compound in Barangay Culiat and Alley 2 Homart Road in Barangay Baesa.

Although there is only one confirmed COVID-19 case in Certeza Compound, Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo cited the area’s dense population as recommended by the city health department and the barangay officials.

“Its 44 families cramped in a 70-square meter compound, makes Certeza in great risk of community transmission,” said Kimpo in a statement.

Likewise, Alley 2 Homart Road, which has nine confirmed cases and one death, was also recommended for a lockdown due to its dense population.

The city government is also considering to extend the 14-day lockdown in the 11 other special concern areas to continue the rapid testing on their residents. These areas are: Sitio Militar in Brgy. Bahay Toro; Vargas Compound-Adelfa Metro Heights-Abanay and Ancop Canada in Brgy. Culiat; Lower Gulod in Brgy. Sauyo; 318 Dakila St., 2nd Alley Kalayaan B and Masbate St. in Brgy. Batasan Hills; and Victory Avenue, ROTC Hunters, BMA Avenue and Agno St. in Brgy. Tatalon.

The city government said that 1,419 individuals in the five barangays had undergone rapid testing since May 21.