Duterte to decide on Luzon quarantine on Thursday – Sen. Go

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) — President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on the fate of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine on Thursday, April 23, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said.

Duterte had an hours-long meeting last Monday with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases, health experts and congressional leaders on COVID-19 and on whether the Luzon-wide lockdown will be extended, lifted or eased.

Health experts have recommended to Duterte a modified enhanced community quarantine, which will allow the easing of the Luzon lockdown in areas with few or no COVID-19 infections.

The majority of them, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, suggested that lockdown rules be enforced in areas with a high number of COVID-19 cases.

Still, officials are wary of a potential second wave of infections if the lockdown is lifted too hastily.

“We cannot rush into normalcy. Kailangan dahan-dahan at calibrated ang ating mga hakbang [Our steps need to be careful and calibrated,]” COVID-19 response chief implementer Carlito Galvez said Tuesday.

The task force’s spokesperson, Karlo Nograles, meanwhile, said that Duterte has asked them to present more options as to what happens after April 30 — the supposed end of the six-week quarantine currently in force.

To date, the country has recorded 6,599 cases of COVID-19, with the number of those surviving from the disease reaching 654, outnumbering the 437 reported deaths.