The government might extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal should cases of coronavirus disease continue to rise despite the one-week lockdown.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 Spokesperson Restituto Padilla in an interview over dzMM also urged the public to strictly comply with the regulations imposed by the government to ensure that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will not be forced to recommend a prolonged ECQ.
“We are now monitoring the situation. That is why we need the cooperation of everybody to help our frontliners and see a decline in the COVID cases so that the ECQ will just be temporary,” Padilla said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the IATF Resolution number 106-A placing the National Capital Region (NCR) plus under ECQ from 29 March to 4 April 2021.
“If the alarming COVID cases will continue because we are not heeding the call of the government, we may extend this (ECQ) as what is important is to prevent our health system to be overwhelmed by the patients being tested with the virus,” Padilla added.
On Saturday, the Department of Health (DoH) recorded at least 9,595 new COVID cases, bringing the total cases in the country to 712,442.
The OCTA Research Group has earlier warned of 10,000 daily cases in March and at least 12,000 to 13,000 daily cases in April if the administration fails to slow down the transmission of the virus.
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