The Pasay city government was praised recently for its effective response to a surge in Covid19 infections in the area.
According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Benhur Abalos, the local government was able to shrink the number of cases in the city after the virus’ South African variant was found, by placing two barangays under complete lockdown with 136 barangays under granular lockdown. Even more contact tracers were hired while testing capacity was nearly tripled from 6,000 a day in February to 17,000 a day last month.
In early March, the number of cases stood at over 500. Three weeks later on March 25, the number had doubled. By March 29, numbers had fallen to 781 from a peak of 1,024 infections.
Its neighbors such as Makati, however, faced difficulties in staying on top of its active cases, which reached 1,072 by March 30. Mayor Abby Binay called for aid from the national government to provide them with access to isolation facilities, as their own centers have filled up.
Meanwhile, Abalos reported that Metro Manila cities would, during the enhanced community quarantine, ramp up contact tracing and isolation facility capacity, implement “aggressive community testing” and enforce localized lockdowns where deemed necessary.
As of March 29, 132 areas were under granular lockdowns in seven local government units in the metro.
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