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Galvez Says Additional 15 Days if ECQ Would be Extended

Secretary Carlito Galvez said enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and lockdown should last for additional 15 days if lawmakers agreed to extend it.

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Previously, two lawmakers have called on the government to extend the existing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon which is set to expire in the second week of April.

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, suggested that the ECQ should be extended for two more weeks, while Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice suggests a one-month extension, based on the report of GMA News.

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Secretary Galvez said “Pinag-aaralan pa natin (kung mae-extend). Premature po kung mag-a-announce tayo ngayon, pero i-involve natin ang mga scientists natin, and ating mga doktor, specialists na titingnan po ang mga reference model ng ibang bansa.”

“Mahirap na mag-rush tayo sa normalcy tapos babalik sa lockdown. May mga countries, dalawa, tatlong lockdown sila kasi pag nare-relax, bumabalik ang surge ng new cases,” Galvez added.

He also said that they have to study if they can implement the last additional 15 days extension to sustain the work of lockdown. Galvez said that the lockdown imposed on Luzon has led to a slower increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“Maganda po ang nagawa ng lockdown. Na-slow down ng lockdown ang spread ng virus. With that, nakita namin na malaki ang possibility na magkakaroon ng lockdown ng 15 more days,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Erice, the vice chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said all the success achieved by the 30-day ECQ when it concludes on Arpil 13 will be futile.

Currently, there is a total of 3,018 confirmed cases in the country after the Department of Health (DOH) earlier announced 385 new additional confirmed cases.

The death toll, as based on the previous article, ten new deaths were confirmed bringing the total to 136. While there are 52 people listed on the recoveries.

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