Barangay in Mariveles town declares lockdown

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MARIVELES, Bataan (PIA) — Barangay Poblacion in Mariveles town declared Friday a lockdown after confirmation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients were confined in the hospital located within the area of the barangay.

“Effective immediately, until the municipal health office and the municipal government of Mariveles take further actions, we are declaring restrictive entry to the barangay,” Barangay Captain Francisco Delos Reyes Jr. said in a statement.

He disclosed that the municipal government of Mariveles and the administration of the Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital (MMWGH) informed him that there are five COVID-19 patients in the hospital — all non-residents of the province and were repatriates from New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

“Though we are certain that the patients are being isolated in a separate building, we will close the entire Monroe Street in front and outside of MMWGH. No one is allowed to enter and exit the street,” he stressed.

Restricted entry to and from the barangay are subject to exception such as medical emergencies.

“To those affected residents and those living near Monroe street, we are asking you to please stay at home. We assure you that all preventive measures will be conducted but we need your cooperation,” Reyes furthered.

Moreover, MMWGH Chief of Hospital Maria Lourdes Evangelista asked residents for understanding for lack of coordination with the local officials regarding the transfer of then persons under investigations turned COVID-19 patients to their hospital.

“In order to reassure residents, staff will remain in the hospital as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten everyone,” Evangelista said in a statement.