Duterte says 'inclined' to extend Luzon lockdown until April 30

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced late Monday, April 6, the possibility of extending the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine or lockdown until April 30 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Duterte extends Luzon-wide lockdown until April 30
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday the possibility of extending Luzon-wide lockdown until April 30.

"We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30. Tingnan natin after that," Duterte said in his public address.

UPDATE: Duterte extends Luzon-wide lockdown until April 30

The entire Luzon, home to more than half of the country's 100-million population, is supposedly on lockdown only until April 12 in an effort to contain the outbreak.

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The president also assures the Filipino people that the government remains committed in ensuring their welfare amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis in the country.

Duterte asks for patience and understanding from his kababayans as the government responds to their needs, and urges the Filipino people for prayers to heal those affected by the disease.

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He also calls on everyone to rise to the challenge and uphold the spirit of solidarity in supporting each other to outlast the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of April 6, the total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 3,660 with 414 new cases. Meanwhile, death toll stands at 163 and total recoveries rose to 73.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 1.1 million were infected globally, with death toll more than 60,000.

— The Summit Express

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