Roque: Decision to extend or relax Luzon quarantine after April 30 still up in the air

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2020 08:28 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2020 11:05 PM

MANILA--The government is still studying whether to further extend the enhanced community quarantine or resort to a "relaxed" version of it in Luzon, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

In an interview with Radio DZMM, he said nothing is set in stone yet.

"Bibigyan ko ng kumpirmasyon na nakikinig si Presidente sa mga advise ng mga eksperto. Pinag-aaralan po nang mabuti ng Presidente natin," Roque said Saturday.

Initial reports submitted by Cabinet members are pushing for a modified quarantine, which would limit the restriction of movement to the barangays or disallow vulnerable people to go outdoors.

"Nagbigay po ng initial report si [Presidential Adviser] Joey Concepcion at si [Finance Secretary] Carlos Dominguez sa mga scenarios na pwedeng mangyari ang mangyari," Roque said.

"[Kay] Concepcion relaxing of the ECQ sa barangay lang para sa mga industriya na nais magsimula muli. Si Dominguez naman, geographical ang iniisp on the basis of the mga sakit [at mga vulnerable] gaya ng mga matatanda na ika-quarantine."

Roque called on the public to abide by quarantine protocols, as people await President Rodrigo Duterte's decision.

"Ang [physical] distancing ay new normal na kinakailangan hindi na nagkukumpul-kumpulan. Hindi ko alam kung paano 'yung sa jeepney. Meron na tayong espasyo at ito ay panandalian habang wala pang vaccine o gamot sa COVID-19," Roque said.

Originally slated to end on April 13, authorities extended the enhanced community quarantine until April 30.

Locally, the number of COVID-19 positive patients is now at 6,087.

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