House of Representatives Under Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Spike in Metro Manila

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – The Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City is under a 4-day lockdown amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila.

The Philippines is still on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This disease has taken thousands of lives not only in the country but as well as in several other countries and territories across the globe. Over 200 nations and territories have recorded cases of the said coronavirus disease.

Previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the pandemic may be a long-term battle. It advised countries and territories not to let their guards down early to prevent a 2nd wave of the disease.

Now, it’s around a year since PH recorded its first case of COVID-19. The situation has yet to return to normal as there are still the threats of the disease.

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Currently, schools are adapting blended learning. The students are learning through modules and online classes as face-to-face classes are prohibited. There were previous attempts for pilot testing of the face-to-face mode but those were not pushed through following the detection of new variants of the disease.

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The wearing of face mask and the practice of social distancing also became protocols. Most establishments like shopping malls, pharmacies, and grocery stores require face shield upon entry too.

Unfortunately, there is a recent spike of the COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila. It prompted the House of Representatives to implement a 4-day lockdown of the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the public affairs of the House of Representatives said that the temporary lockdown will be from March 18 to March 21, 2021. It is in the pursuit to help “arrest the spread of the virus”.

During the 4-day lockdown, the members and the employees of the House will be working on set meetings, public hearings, and other events through online platforms. Based on the report, the media center of the complex will also be closed.

Meanwhile, the accredited media will still have access through livestreaming platforms and Zoom. The office assured that the Media Center will open again as soon as the situation improves.

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