Bulacan deploys more cops to boost Metro Manila quarantine
CAMP GENERAL ALEJO SANTOS, BULACAN — To prevent the entry of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, close to 400 Bulacan policemen, soldiers, and government employees have been deployed to help enforce the community quarantine of Metro Manila that started Sunday, March 15.
Gov. Daniel Fernando said the team is composed of 130 police officers, 45 army soldiers and 200 government volunteers classified as “force multipliers,” who now man 20 checkpoints established at the boundaries separating the Bulacan town of Obando and the cities of San Jose Del Monte and Meycauyan from Manila.
Fernando reminded the team to protect themselves, asserting that “they could not do their job well if they will be also infected by the virus.”
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2, which outbreak started in China’s Wuhan City in Hube province in late 2019.
People who have COVID-19 could recover since for most people, its symptoms were mild like fever and cough. But the illness could also be worse or serious for others such as pneumonia, especially for older adults and those with existing health problems.
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic as it has infected more than 150,000 people and killed over 5,000 all over the world. The Philippines has so far confirmed 140 people with COVID-19, including 11 deaths.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a state of public health emergency throughout the country and placed the entire Metro Manila under “community quarantine” from March 15 to April 14, 2020, due to COVID-19.
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