Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Tondo, Metro Manila, Philippines, to require residents to stay at home for 48 hours from 0500 May 3 due to COVID-19.

This alert affects Metro Manila

This alert began 02 May 2020 21:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 May 2020 21:00 GMT.

  • Event: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Tondo, Metro Manila (map)
  • Time Frame: 0500 May 3-0500 May 5
  • Impact: Heightened security, business and transport disruptions

Officials plan to impose strict movement restrictions in Tondo (District 1) in Metro Manila for 48 hours from 0500 May 3 to facilitate mass testing of residents for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures, which are more severe than related policies throughout Metro Manila and Luzon Island, include a stay-home order for around 500,000 people in 136 barangays. Officials will temporarily void quarantine passes, which residents typically can use to leave their homes to obtain essential supplies.

Authorities will prohibit transport in the district, though the Manila International Container Terminal and major roads, like Road 10, are exempt from the restrictions. Exceptions are also in place for healthcare personnel, emergency responders, and media workers, among others. Officials will also allow night markets in Divisoria to operate to accommodate the movement of goods.

Authorities will deploy personnel and erect checkpoints to enforce the movement controls. Severe business and transport disruptions will likely occur in the district. Officials could extend the restrictions in Tondo if they are unable to complete the tests within the time frame.

Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by restrictions. 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.

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