The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Quezon City rose to 113 on Sunday after the local government nine new cases.
The city government said that the nine new cases were from Barangay Masambong, Sto. Cristo, Batasan Hills, Libis, Matandang Balara, Kristong Hari, Sikatuna Village and Pasong Tamo. It added that the death toll rose to 19 while the number of people who recovered from the disease remained at nine.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said that out of 142 barangays, 16 were placed under extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ). EECQ is implemented when there are two or more confirmed Covid-19 cases in a barangay.
The 16 barangay under EECQ were Tandang Sora, Kalusugan, Ramon Magsaysay, Maharlika, Tatalon, Batasan Hills, Pasong Tamo, San Roque, Paligsahan, Bagong Lipunan ng Crame, South Triangle, Culiat, Bahay Toro, E. Rodriguez, San Isidro Labrador and Barangay Central.
Although there are no Covid cases in Barangay Central, Belmonte said that it was placed under EECQ because there are numerous hospitals along East Avenue.
Belmonte said that two more barangay will be placed under EECQ but these will be identified only when the validation process is finished.
Meanwhile, Belmonte said that the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, together with the Fire Department, continuously disinfects the streets, highways, and public markets in the city.
She added that the city government had distributed 780,000 food packs to the “poorest of the poor.” She also promised that all residents will be provided with grocery packs.
Belmonte said that the city has quarantine facilities and it had provided accommodations and free shuttle services for the health workers and other frontliners. ARLIE O. CALALO