Lipa City under 15-day lockdown to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 1) – Lipa City in Batangas province, south of Metro Manila, will be placed under lockdown on August 1-15 as people call for efforts to contain COVID-19.

"Based on the clamor of our residents and our netizens, we are placing the city of Lipa again under lockdown," said Mayor Eric Africa in his video message aired on Friday.

Africa said people are required to present a quarantine pass to go out of their homes for work or buying essential goods.

Checkpoints will be set up on major roads and some secondary boundary roads.

Africa said he ordered barangay chairmen to allot a separate isolation facility for those working outside Lipa but live in the city.

For those working in the city coming from neighboring towns, they are required to present a rapid anti-body test result.

The mayor imposed a liquor ban and curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., while bars and related establishments were closed.

Lipa has 107 coronavirus cases so far with 7 recoveries.

Batangas is under general community quarantine until August 15.