La Trinidad municipal hall placed on lockdown until Feb. 28

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Photo courtesy: La Trinidad Mayor’s Office/Facebook

La Trinidad, Benguet (CNN Philippines, February 25) – The Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force decided to enforce a lockdown on the La Trinidad town hall after 13 local government employees contracted COVID-19.

The lockdown started on Wednesday and will last until Sunday, Feb. 28.

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said the lockdown will allow the thorough disinfection of the different offices of the municipal hall, facilitate contact tracing, and "devise strategies to avert its recurrence in the future."

All employees were asked to stay at home and if possible, perform tasks on a work-from-home arrangement.

Some of the 62 confirmed national cases from the infectious COVID-19 variant that originated in the United Kingdom are residents of La Trinidad. One resident, an 84-year-old man, died last Jan. 24 due to complications from the UK COVID-19 variant.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,502 cases have been recorded in La Trinidad where 84 are considered active. The death toll stands at 32 while 1,386 patients have recovered from the virus.

CNN Philippines' Baguio City correspondent Lauren Anuma contributed to this report.