2021-07-31

Manila prepares for the third “closed city”

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(Fighting New Coronary Pneumonia) Manila prepares for the third “city closure”

China News Service, Manila July 31st, title: Manila prepares for the third “city closure”

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In the Philippines, Guo Cairong, a family of three, came to the China Chongren General Hospital in Chinatown, Manila by appointment on the 31st, and queued for two hours at the new crown vaccination site of the Philippine Chinese Anti-epidemic Committee of the Philippine Chinese Federation of All walks of life. Received the second dose of Chinese vaccine.

Manila prepares for the third “closed city”

July 31, local time On March, a living supermarket in Makati, the CBD of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, citizens purchased non-staple foods to prepare for the upcoming third closure of the city. Photo by China News Agency reporter Guan Xiangdong

“Because the city is about to be closed for the third time, many more people have been arranged to vaccinate today than usual, so that everyone feels at ease.” Johnson, a volunteer from the Youth Committee, told a reporter from China News Agency.

Because the country has over 200 cases of Delta virus infection and an upward trend, President Duterte announced on July 30 that the Philippines’ capital, Metro Manila, will be held from August 6 to August. During the 20th, the “Strengthening Community Quarantine” (ECQ) measures were implemented again. This will be the third time Manila has “closed the city” due to the new crown epidemic in two years.

Different from the previous two times, this time the Philippine government has adopted a gradual “cities closure” and specially arranged for Manila to maintain the existing “strictly restricted” “general community isolation” from July 30 to August 5. “(GCQ) As a transition, it is convenient for all parties to make arrangements to avoid panic buying.

At the same time, tighten restrictions on some industries. Restaurants, cafes, and outdoor dining were suspended on July 31, and only take-out was allowed; public places such as gymnasiums and churches were no longer open to the public; supermarkets and banks restricted the number of admissions.

The reporter saw in the Makati Green Belt business district in the CBD of Manila that all restaurants and cafes have stopped receiving dine-in and out-of-field customers. The famous local Chinese restaurant chain only provides takeaways, located on the second floor of GREEN3. All ten restaurants are closed.

Nearby citizens went to the largest local LANDMARK shopping mall to purchase non-staple food. Security personnel strictly controlled the number of people entering the venue, and people waited in line to enter the venue.

In the supermarket, there is sufficient supply of non-staple foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and oils, seafood, meat and eggs, and daily necessities. Most of the citizens purchase a full cart of goods, and the staff keep replenishing them. At the cashier’s office, staff assist the citizens in packing. The person in charge of the mall told reporters that it will be open until 9 o’clock that night.

The Philippine closure of the city stems from the advice of health experts to stop the possible spread of the Delta strain in time; at the same time, it will gain more time for the deployment of vaccination.

On the same day, Maria Rosario Vergeire, the deputy health minister and spokesperson of the Philippine Ministry of Health, stated at a press conference that the implementation of stricter community isolation measures will have Help the country’s health care system to prepare for the possible surge in new crown patients.

Vergiere said that based on the monitoring and analysis of the country’s experts using spatio-temporal epidemiological models, and the prediction of the autumn disease team of the Ministry of Health, the total number of active cases of new crowns in Metro Manila by September 30 may be Reach 18,000 to 30,000.

According to the Philippine Ministry of Health, 8147 new cases were added that day. Medical facilities in Metro Manila are becoming tighter. 52% of 1,100 ICU beds have been used, 47% of 4,600 isolation beds have been used, and 42% of 3,500 beds have been used.

As of July 31, nearly 20 million doses have been vaccinated across the Philippines. (End)