How Zamboanga City Is Dealing With COVID-19

April 20, 2020
By: clark April 20, 2020
A woman working at home during the quarantine


How is Zamboanga city dealing with COVID-19?

  1. Task Groups For Prevention
  2. Being Cautious About Fake News
  3. Establishments and Hotels


There are currently more than 2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus outbreak all over the world. In the Philippines, as of April 2020, there are more than 5,000 confirmed cases and counting. Many countries and regions are preventing its spread through the implementation of community quarantine. If you are from Zamboanga del Sur, you might want to know some details about COVID-19 in Zamboanga to keep you updated and safe from this outbreak. Read on for more!


First Cases Of COVID-19 in Zamboanga

A woman with COVID-19

To give you a quick overview of how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) made its way to the Philippines, the first case was of a female Chinese national. It was reported by the World Health Organization last January 2020. A local transmission, or a Filipino who has not been out of the country but tested positive, was found last March 5. Ever since then, confirmed cases have been gradually growing and the virus has continued to spread nationwide.

Last March 2020, Zamboanga del Sur reported its first two individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 in the area. One of the two was a 52-year-old male from Zamboanga who traveled from Taguig back to his hometown in Labangan. This patient experienced symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, and fever. The other patient was a 62-year-woman who traveled to Manila and returned to Pagadian on March 7. She also experienced similar symptoms but decided to self medicate. She was later admitted on March 19.

The task forces in Zamboanga could not easily declare lockdown, but they guaranteed that the provincial government would take strict measures to contain the spread of the virus. If you were thinking of having a vacation at a beach in Zamboanga, you will definitely have to reschedule.


Spread Of COVID-19 in Zamboanga

A crowd of people in Zamboanga City

As of April 16, 2020, there are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Zamboanga and approximately 100 people declared Persons Under Investigation (PUIs). Local and private hospitals have been managing and doing excellent work during these unprecedented times. However, Medical Zamboanga Director Dr. Marissa Lim worries that there may not be enough resources and manpower in the city if a spike in COVID-19 cases arises.


Task Groups For Prevention

Medical personnel in PPE

The City Government of Zamboanga has implemented various task groups to address the different levels of response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They will be taking extra steps to prevent the entry and spread of the outbreak in the city through Entry Point Quarantine, Contract Tracing, Treatment and Containment, and Risk Communication.

Entry Point Quarantine will prevent the entry of suspected and confirmed cases through proper screening and identification. These were applied to all ports of entry – sea, land, and air. On the other hand, Risk Communication is in charge of educating the public on the pandemic and how they can flatten the curve.


Being Cautious About Fake News

A Filipino couple looking at fake news

It is unfortunate yet inevitable that fake news and false information are spread around the country today. This is why it is best to check your sources when reading the news and read only from reliable sources. Mayor Beng Climaco stated that “this is not the moment for us to be very careless in our sharing of information.” Residents of Zamboanga with concerns, questions, and information are provided with hotline numbers and are highly encouraged to contact the City Health Office (CHO).


Establishments and Hotels

LM Hotel's Food Deliver Menu

Establishments and hotels are implementing temporary closures to practice further social distancing and to ensure that the virus does not further spread in the city. However, LM Metro Hotel wants to give a helping hand to those struggling to gain access to basic necessities and food. We have a wide range of meals to choose from at an affordable price. For a minimum purchase of PHP400, you can have your order delivered to your doorstep. We are open for delivery from Monday to Sunday from 10AM to 6PM!


Key Takeaway

Being updated with information about COVID-19 in Zamboanga will help you be aware of your surroundings. You can also learn about the measures you can take to provide safety to you and your family. Here at LM Metro Hotel, we hope that you are taking this time to keep your mind and your body in good shape.

To start availing of LM Hotel’s food delivery, click here to contact us!