Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

MANILA – Checkpoint at chokepoints have to stay as President Rodrigo Duterte decided with finality to extend the Luzon “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ) until April 30.

Originally, the ECQ or lockdown, was supposed to end Sunday, April 12.

Extension of the Luzon ECQ was confirmed by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles during a Laging Handa briefing Tuesday (April 7) morning.

Late Monday night, the President already hinted at extending the lockdown saying he is seriously considering or “inclined” into moving the ECQ until April 30.

“Iyong ECQ is up to April 30, 11:59 pm. Ito ang rekomendasyon ng IATF (inter-agency task force) na tinanggap ni Pangulong Duterte at inannounce na niya kagabi. Matapos ang kanyang announcement, vinerify namin – ang enhanced community quarantine is extended until 11:59 pm of April 30,” Nograles said.

Duterte’s announcement came exactly six days ahead before the lockdown in Luzon was to end on Easter Sunday, April 12.

The President announced the ECQ last March 15 and it took effect the following day intended primarily to stem the contagion.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in the country has surged in the past three (3) weeks.

From 187 confirmed cases last March 16, the start of the lockdown, the number ballooned to 3,660 cases as of Monday, April 6.

However, health officials were quick to describe the sharp rise in cases as “artificial.” They attributed it to the increased number of tests being done. (ia/

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