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    No decision yet on Metro Manila, high-risk areas ECQ

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte talked to the people after convening the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to discuss recommendations on either lifting or extending the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in several areas throughout the country due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    No decision yet on ECQ lifting, extension
    President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation on COVID-19 updates and guidelines.

    In his taped address Tuesday morning, Duterte backs easing of restrictions but did not specify which areas will be put in certain quarantine measures as imposed ECQ set to end on May 15.

    UPDATENCR, Laguna and Cebu City placed under modified ECQ

    Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. earlier said the decision will be science-based and the country’s capacity to provide care for those who will get sick.

    The president also wants the common people to clearly understand why others will be allowed to move and work.

    Palace also cannot afford to have second or third wave of COVID-19 infections in the country.

    He also instructed the military to help Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the distribution of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) subsidies.

    The President calls on the public to observe and make the necessary adjustments for the ‘new normal’ as the threat of COVID-19 continues to disrupt the health and safety of the Filipinos.

    He advises everyone to always practice social distancing, observe proper hygiene and regularly wear face mask.


    — The Summit Express

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