Luzon Extends Enhanced Community Quarantine Until End Of April
The enhanced community quarantine of Luzon has been extended until April 30 to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, spokesman of the Inter-Agency Task Force said that late Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the recommendation to prolong the Luzon quarantine which was originally intended to end on April 12.
This extension aims to give the government enough time to improve its public health response and to prepare for a “new normal, according to Nograles.
He also added in his virtual briefing:
“Kailangan natin ng extension up to April 30 para lubos pa nating mapag-aralan ang COVID-19 na disease na ito.”
(We need to extend the lockdown until April 30 so that we can further study COVID-19.)
The extension will require people to further to stay at home to avoid transmission of the disease. All the prevailing rules and exemptions during the initial lockdown of Luzon will continue.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet official stated that it was unnecessary to expand the lockdown to Visayas and Mindanao even as some provinces already imposed local community quarantines. They are also continuously closely monitoring the situation outside Luzon.
As of Tuesday at 4pm, there are 3,660 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.