Makati, Quezon City remain as virus hotspots; localized lockdowns pushed

Metro Manila, particularly Makati and Quezon City, remained to be considered as “coronavirus hotspots” and should be the “areas of concern” in the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the latest monitoring of the academe-based OCTA Research showed.

With this, the group, in its December 21 report, recommended the implementation of more effective localized lockdowns with stricter border control in areas deemed to be “high risk” to suppress the further spread of the virus.

In the NCR, nine out of 17 local government units showed an increase in new cases within the two-week period of monitoring and are considered LGUs of concern, namely: Makati, San Juan, Marikina, Quezon City, Malabon, and Taguig.

The group also flagged the cities of Santiago and Ilagan in Isabela, Baguio City and La Trinidad in Benguet, Cainta (Rizal), and Batangas City, all in Luzon; and, the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban (in Leyte) in the Visayas.

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