The ANC Brief: Measures against COVID-19


Posted at Mar 13 2020 04:04 AM

President Duterte addressed the public Thursday night, laying down the government’s response to the spread of COVID-19. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Community quarantine
President Duterte ordered suspension of land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila from March 15 to April 14 in response to the spread of COVID-19. Addressing the public Thursday night, Duterte also said classes in Metro Manila has been extended until April 12. Mass gatherings have also been banned. But he denied this was a “martial law” scenario. Duterte also told the public not to panic and “don’t kill yourself with worry.” ANC will outline more details and explain the ramifications of the president’s orders. 

President Duterte was tested for the coronavirus as some of the members of his Cabinet go on self-quarantine. Results of test will be released in 48 hours. In any case, his local and foreign trips have been suspended. Some areas in Malacanang were also disinfected. Also, some Congressmen and Senators have volunteered to go on quarantine due to contact with an infected person.

The Palace warned hoarders of basic and key commodities that they would be dealt with accordingly. Supermarkets were crowded on Thursday with long lines of shoppers with their shopping carts filled. In demand were rubbing alcohol, toilet paper, cooking oil and food items.

The Philippine stock market has been falling sharply the past few days, breaching the psychological 6000 level. But on Thursday, the index lost 9 percent to close at 5736. It dipped to as low as 5697.13, its lowest level since 2013. Global markets also fell as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of the coronavirus a global pandemic. Will the market recover after President Duterte announced measures to stem the spread of COVID-19?

Deep dive
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