Guevarra says DOJ to lift lockdown tomorrow, Monday

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will be lifting its 10-day lockdown tomorrow as rate of infections of COVID-19 among workers have ‘slowed down.’

Citing report from Justice Undersecretary Lean Sunga, Guevarra said: ” We conducted daily sanitation/disinfection from June 18-27 in all our buildings/rooms (main DOJ buildings, JDC and GSP annexes). Thus we can push through with the lifting of our lockdown tomorrow, June 29.”

Guevarra placed the DOJ complex in Padre Faura, Manila on lockdown last June 18 after five (5) employees tested positive for COVID-19 during confirmatory testing.

“Work will continue to be done from home. Affidavits, motions, and other papers in connection with scheduled preliminary investigations conducted by state prosecutors will continue to be received at the frontline; otherwise, the PI may just have to be reset.”

” To summarize, 72 DOJ personnel (including outsourced) tested positive sa rapid test; among those who went to the PGH (Philippine General Hospital) and Chinese General Hospital for confirmatory test, 5 turned out positive. Of these 5, three are in the DOJ proper (in three separate buildings), one is in the field office, and one is an outsourced security guard, ” Guevarra said.

Earlier, Guevarra was reported to have been seriously considering suspending work in the DOJ main office in Manila following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

To ensure the health of other employees, Guevarra said that he just ordered the disinfection of the DOJ premises along Padre Faura in Manila’s Malate district.

“We’ve disinfected the premises over the weekend, and we’ll do it all over again. We’ll also decide if we need to suspend all work on site in the meantime, ” Guevarra said.

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