(Last Updated On: March 16, 2020)
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UPDATE: 16 MARCH 2020

LUZON HAS BEEN PLACED UNDER ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE. GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW.

NEW GUIDELINES CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Starting today, March 15, for 30 days until April 14, 2020, Metro Manila would be on community quarantine after declaring that the alert level for the Coronavirus has been raised to its maximum level of Code Red Sublevel 2. [1] Classes in all levels and government work are suspended up until April 12, 2020 as well.

The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The Covid-19 has caused severe pneumonia in several cases in China and has been spread to a range of countries and cities. The virus is transmitted through droplets from the nose and mouth.

Guidelines on the Community Quarantine

  • All residents of Metro Manila are urged to stay at home and practice frequent hand washing
  • Domestic flights to and from Metro Manila are not allowed
  • You can still travel out of the country (present proof of international travel within 12 hours)[2]
  • Private companies are asked to have their employees work from home if possible
  • All persons granted entry and exiting Metro Manila will be checked for signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus at exit checkpoints
  • Essential work-related meetings and religious activities could continue so long as strict social distancing was practiced.
  • The Light Rail Transit, Metro Rail Transit, and Philippine National Railways—would remain operational for public use but would implement “social distancing” measures (limiting the number of passengers per train coach to 30 up to 33)
  • Bank and stock market operations would continue, ATMs would be regularly replenished

Who can cross into / exit Metro Manila

  • Workers who are employed in Metro Manila residing outside and vice versa (present proof of employment and/or business at border checkpoints)
  • Passengers with international travel (present proof that they have confirmed international travel within 12 hours of entering the capital region except those leaving for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, North Gyeongsang Province, including Daegu City and Cheongdo County in South Korea)
  • Health personnel
  • Authorized officials
  • Those in need of medical treatment
  • Cargo
  • Foreign nationals flying back to their country of origin would be allowed to do so
  • Filipino citizens, their foreign spouses, children, and holders of permanent resident and diplomatic visas who were arriving from abroad would have to follow certain quarantine measures as they enter the country

Who is NOT allowed into/exit Metro Manila

  • Persons with “high risk” of infection
  • 60-years-old and above
  • Individuals immunocompromized or with co-morbidities
  • Pregnant women

Smaller community quarantines allowed

The IATF Resolution also allowed community quarantine for other areas, with the following guidelines:

  • Barangay-wide quarantine – When there are at least two positive coronavirus cases living in different households
  • Municipality or city-wide quarantine – When there are at least 2 positive coronavirus cases living in different barangays
  • Province-wide quarantine – When there are at least 2 positive coronavirus cases living in different municipalities, component cities, or independent component cities in the province.

Travel Limitations within Metro Manila

  • Residents and workers are urged to stay at home and not travel unless essential i.e grocery, work, going to the hospital

Imposed Curfew

  • Cities with ordinated curfew (8pm – 5am)
    • Caloocan
    • Las Pinas
    • Makati
    • Mandaluyong
    • Mania
    • Muntinlupa
    • Navotas
    • Paranaque
    • Quezon City
    • San Juan
    • Taguig
  • Curfew Exemption:
    • Employees going to work or returning home from their place of employment;
    • health workers
    • those heading or arriving from the airport or pier as shown by their tickets;
    • drivers and conductors operating their public utility vehicles (PUVs);
    • and other lawful purposes or “justifiable reasons.”

List of Police Checkpoints

Caloocan City

PCP4 AREA- Quirno Highway Cor. Malaria Rd Boundary of Caloocan and Bulacan
PCP 3- Phase 7C Dela Costa Homes Boundary of Caloocan and Musan Bulacan
PCP 3- Phase 9 Boundary of Evergreen Vill. Brgy Gaya-Gaya SJ Bulacan
PCP 3- Phase 10 Caloocan and Bulacan Bridge
PCP 6- Bankers Vill. Gate 3 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
PCP 6- Sierra Nova Subd 1 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
PCP 6 Sierra Nova Subd 2 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
PCP 6 – Sierra Nova Subd 3 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
PCP 6- Gubat Sa Siudad Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
PCP 6- Shelterville Brgy 171 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan

Malabon City

Don Asilio Blvd Brgy. Dampalit Malabon
Panghulo Road Malabon

Valenzuela City

NLEX (Entrance)
MC Arthur Highway Malanday Boundary of Valenzuela and Meycauyan (Exit)
Punturin Boundary of Libtong Meycauyan (Primary)
NLEX Harborlink (Mindanao Ave MM Exit)
Lawang Bato Emergency Exit to Nlex
Viente Reales Skyline Exit 10 Meycauyan, Bulacan
Viente Reales Tugatog Exit to Meycauyan, Bulacan
Lingunan Ciudad Grande Exit to Meycauyan
NLEX Linguhan Exit Going to Valenzuela
Lawang Bato NLEX
Overpass Near Memorial Gardens
NLEX Paso De Blas Entrance
Wawang Pulo Boundary of Obando Bulacan

Muntinlupa

Susana Heights

Las Piñas

Daang Hari
Zapote Road
Along C5 Road Extension, Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City (Las Piñas City and Parañaque Boundary)
Along Padre Diego Cera, Ave.Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City
Zapote Viaduct, Brgy.Zapote Las Piñas City
Along Canaycay Ave. Manuyo Dos, Las Piñas City
Riverdrive, BFRV Brgy, Talon Dos, Las Piñas City
Marcos Alvarez Ave., Talon Singko, Las Piñas City

Paranaque

Roxas Blvrd Cor. Mia Road
Macapagal Blvrd. Cor. Pacific Ave.

Muntinlupa City

Tunasan- San Pedro Boundary, Brgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
Tunasan- Cuyab Boundary, Arandia St., Brgy Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
In front of Parce Bello, Victoria Homes, Brgy Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
Biazon Road Corner MCX Road, Brgy Poblacion, Muntinlupa City
SLEX Tollgate Exit (Westbound), East Service Road, Brgy. Alabang Viaduct, Muntinlupa City.
Sucat- Taguig Boundary, Dr.A Bunyi St, Brgy. Sucat, Major J Posadas Ave., Cor., West Service Road, Brgy. Sucat, Muntinlupa City
Infront of Total Gas Station, Don Jesus Blvrd, Cor., West Service Road, Brgy., Cupang, Muntinlupa City
Muntinlupa-Las Piñas Boundary, Alabang-Zapote Road, Brgy Cupang, Muntinlupa City
Infront of Police Outpost, along Investment, Drive Corner Commerce Ave., Brgy., Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Parañaque

Roxas Blvrd near footbridge Brgy.Baclaran
Airport Road infront of UCPB Brgy Baclaran
Bradco Ave. Corner, Diokno Ave., Brgy. Tambo
NAIA Ave., Near Pascor Drive Brgy., Sto. Niño
Pacific Ave., Corner, Macapagal Blvrd, Brgy Don Galo
C5 Road Corner Kaingin Road
Quirino Ave., Corner Victor Medina, Brgy.San Dionisio
C5 Road Boundary of Las Piñas and Parañaque
Canaycay Ave., in front of Caltex Brgy San Dionisio
Sucat Interchange
Doña Soledad Ave., Near Skyway Entrance/Exit
West Service Road, Corner Marcelo Ave.,Marcelo Green
West Service Road infront of Robinson, Brgy Merville
PNR Bicutan Interchange

Marikina City

Makabayan St., Cor JP Rizal Brgy Nangka
Pambili St., Cor Marcos Highway  (U-Turn) Brgy San Roque
Armscor Ave. Cor Sampaguita St. Fortune (To San Mateo)
Delos Santos Ave. Monterey Hills, Fortune (To San Mateo)
Lilac St., Cor. Olive St., Concepcion Dos (To Antipolo)
Olive Ext. Footbridge, Concepcion Dos (To Antipolo)
Sumulong Hi-way Cor Katipunan Access Road, Sto. Niño (To Antipolo
Marcos Highway infront of Buenaviahe Bldg Brgy San  Roque
San Miguel PH 3 Brgy Fortune
Champaca St., Cor Ponteverde Drive Brgy Concepcion Dos
Panorama St., Cor Waco St., Brgy.Concepcion Dos
Panorama St., Cor Ignatius St., Brgy. Concepcion Dos
Katipunan St., Cor Tangerin St., Concepcion Dos
Chestnut St., Cor Gospel St., Brgy San Roque
East Bank Road, Brgy. Sta Lucia  (To Taytay)

Pasig City

Kaginhawaan St., Cor. Lexi Ave., Maggahan
Green Park Gate Felix Ave Dela Paz
Greenwood Ave., Pinagbuhatan
R Thadeus St., MRV, Sta Lucia
West Bank Road, Brgy Maybunga (To Taytay)
A. Sandoval Corner Eusebio Ave., Brgy Pinagbuhatan ( To Taytay)
Eusebio Ave Cor C6 Road Brgy Pinagbuhatan (To Taytay)
Tramo Road., Sta Lucia [4]

Government Guidelines

  • A skeletal workforce would be put in place in the Government’s Executive Branch to ensure that the delivery of public services was not be compromised
  • The House of Representatives would suspend work up to April 12
  • All court hearings were suspended from March 13 to 18 [3]

Guidelines for Workers in the Metro

  • Leaves of absence during the lockdown “shall be charged against the workers’ existing leave credits, if any.
  • Unpaid leaves “may be covered and be subject to the conditions provided in the DOLE’s proposed COVID-19 adjustment measures program
  • Manufacturing, retail and service establishments are “advised” to stay open during the lockdown, but they must observe social distancing and other safety and health measures.
  • Companies are “highly encouraged” to to implement alternative work arrangements like work from home, reduction of workdays/hours, rotation of workers and forced leaves.
  • Those delivering goods such as food and raw materials shall be able to go in and out of Metro Manila but they must present proof of delivery receipt stating the address of the establishment that will receive the goods. [4]

NCOV Symptoms

Common signs of coronavirus infection include flu-like and respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death

What To Do to Prevent NCOV Infection

  • Frequently clean hands by hand washing with soap or by using alcohol-based hand rub
  • Wear mask when going outside to avoid getting the virus
  • Practice social distancing; avoid crowded places
  • Boost your immune system by sleeping 8 hours a day, hydrating, having vitamins, and eating healthy

What to do IF you get NCOV

If experiencing mild symptoms:

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces. (High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.)
  • Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

When to get medical attention

The designated infection control committee (ICC) of the hospital shall be responsible for the preliminary investigation of cases. Once the case is classified as a person under investigation (PUI), he/she should be quarantined. The ICC should then notify the DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (RESU), who shall then report to the DOH Epidemiology Bureau.

Hospitals with PUIs will also send the collected specimens (oropharyngeal and nasal swabs) to Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) for screening.

Who can get tested for NCOV

Updated 16 March 2020

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For Confirmatory tests are those PUI moderate to severe.

References to follow:

https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCov

I will be updating this article as more guidelines are developed. Let me know if I missed anything!