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Lorenzana Says Martial Law, Total Lockdown Rumors on Social Media is Fake News

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said martial law and total lockdown rumors that are circulating on social media due to increasing COVID-19 cases are fake news.

Lorenzana refuted a voice recording circulating on social media that the government will implement a martial rule or total lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19). It’s bogus news, according to Lorenzana, and it’s not in the photo.

Martial Law Rumors Fake

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A lady speaks out in the above-mentioned audio clip, urging the people to stockpile food until January 30 in case President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law or imposes a lockdown next week. According to the woman, no one is permitted to leave the house in this situation, thus it is vital to have adequate food.

Despite the rising number of instances with the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Lorenzana believes there is no compelling need to impose martial law. According to him, the Philippines logged 17,220 COVID-19 incidents on Thursday, January 6, which is still fewer than the 26,000 cases documented in 2021.

“The highest we had was 26,000 plus last year. Today we have 17,220. This variant, while more transmissible, is less virulent than Delta. Less people get seriously sick,” he said.

He added the problem is currently being studied by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Lorenzana reassured the people that there will be no total lockdown.

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