MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday again appealed for cooperation, urging citizens to stay home and follow quarantine protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Kaunting panahon na lang. Kaunting tiis na lang talaga. Nakikiusap ako,” Duterte said in a televised speech.
(I ask you to be patient for just a little longer.)
Duterte said he wants the health crisis to be over because, if daily life doesn’t return to normal, over time supplies will run out.
“Again I said, I know it's hard. Alam mo sa totoo lang, gusto ko nang lumabas kayo. Alam mo kung bakit? We are running low, as in low ’yung ating supplies," he said.
(To be honest, I want all of you to be able to go out. You know why? Because we are running low on supplies.)
“Sabi ko nga we cannot feed you forever, hanggang kamatayan,” Duterte added.
(As I've said, we cannot feed you forever, until death.)
In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, the government placed the entire country under the state of public health emergency and all of Luzon under what it calls an enhanced community quarantine.
As of Thursday, the country has a total of 5,660 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 362 have died and 435 have recovered.