The government’s COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (I-ATF) has announced that the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine period will be extended until 11:59pm, April 30, 2020. This means the public transportation ban will continue, as will the suspension of non-essential businesses and services, strict enforcement of social-distancing guidelines, and numerous checkpoints scattered all throughout Metro Manila.
“Yung enhanced community quarantine is up to April 30, 11:59pm. Ito po ang rekomendasyon ng I-ATF kay pangulong Duterte, na tinaggap ni pangulong Duterte at inannounce po kagabi,” cabinet secretart Karlo Nograles said during an I-ATF briefing held this morning.
“Pagkatapos ng kanyang announcement ay vinerfiy po namin ulit at ang sagot po ay ang enhanced community quarantine is hereby extended until 11:59pm of April 30,” Nograles added.
The announcement comes following President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion that the government was “inclined” to extend the measure.
“We have discussed it actually, even before this,” Duterte said towards the end of his address to the nation last night. “We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30. Tignan natin after that. In the meantime, double-time kami.”
Prior to this news, the enhanced quarantine period was scheduled to end on April 14, 2020. The 15-day extension will bring the total duration of the measure up to 46 days.
Worldwide, there have been more than 1.34 million logged cases of COVID-19 and over 74,000 deaths resulting from the virus have been recorded, with the US (368,079 cases), Italy (132,547 cases), and Spain (136,675 cases) among the nations hardest-hit by the pandemic. There are currently 3,660 recorded cases and 163 recorded deaths in the Philippines.
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