Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Philippine officials to require residents of Sampaloc District, Manila, to remain inside their homes for 48 hours from 2000 April 23.

This alert affects Metro Manila

This alert began 21 Apr 2020 16:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 25 Apr 2020 17:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Sampaloc District (map)
  • Time Frame: 2000 April 23 to 2000 April 25
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, significant business disruptions

Officials have announced strict movement restrictions to be imposed for 48 hours from 2000 April 23. While measures have been implemented throughout Metro Manila and Luzon Island in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the controls in Sampaloc District will be more severe. Residents of Sampaloc will be required to stay within their homes for the duration of the 48-hour period, with exceptions only made for healthcare workers, emergency response personnel, and accredited members of the media. Officials will conduct health screenings on residents of the district during the lockdown.

Severe business and transport disruptions are likely in Sampaloc District late April 23-25. Security forces will deploy to enforce the movement controls. Officials could extend the duration of movement restrictions in Sampaloc, or introduce stricter controls to additional districts in Metro Manila, at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming days and weeks.

Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.