MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged the public to get used to the "new normal" amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a livestreamed briefing, Duterte urged Filipinos to get used to the new way of life amid the pandemic and practice health standards such as the wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing.
"Hindi naman warning, kundi pakiusap sa inyo, na sanayin natin 'yung buhay ngayon, new... bago na talaga ang pamumuhay. Ang diskarte, maglakad, maggalaw, social distancing, hugas kamay, mask. Tapos kung maaari, limit mo 'yung labas mo," Duterte said.
(This is not a warning, but rather an appeal to you, that you should get used to the way of life we have now. It has changed. We walk, we practice social distancing, we wash hands, we wear masks. And if possible, limit your trips outside the house.)
He also reminded the public that despite the more relaxed level of community quarantine implemented in most of the country, the danger is still present.
"Kasi ang COVID, nandiyan. Ready to cling to your body. Pasok 'yan sa bunganga, ilong, mata," Duterte said.
(Because COVID-19, it's still there. Ready to cling to your body. It will enter through your mouth, nose, eyes.
"Ilang beses na 'yung warning eh, nakakainis na. But really, the danger is there. It's up to you to decide. 'Pag tinamaan ka, sorry," he added.
(We have been warned many times, it's annoying. But really, the danger is there. It's up to you to decide. If you get sick, then you'll be sorry.)
Duterte also cited the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases in Cebu, claiming this is because the people there became "too confident and too complacent."
"Yung mga taga-Cebu, ganoon eh. Bakit marami? Because you were too confident and too complacent about it. Parang binalewala ninyo. Ayan, dumating," he said.
(The people in Cebu, that's what happened. Why is there a lot of cases? Because you were too confident and too complacent about it. It's like you took it [quarantine protocols] for granted. Now, it's there.)
Metro Manila and other areas in the country are under general community quarantine until June 30, while Cebu City was escalated back to enhanced community quarantine due to the increasing number of new cases, as well as widespread community transmission in the majority of the city's barangays.
Talisay City, also in Cebu province, was also placed under modified enhanced community quarantine until June 30, 2020.
Almost all industries except for leisure and amusement services are allowed to operate in GCQ areas but in varying levels, based on the guidelines of the inter-agency task force.
For ECQ, the movement of people will be limited to essential services and going to work.
Up to 75 percent of the economy was reopened when Metro Manila and some urban centers were placed on GCQ, after enduring an 11-week lockdown or enhanced community quarantine, acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua earlier said.