Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte extended the stringent lockdown enforced in the country’s capital and nearby provinces until April 11, in an attempt to curb a renewed spike in coronavirus infections.
The Health department on Saturday reported 12,576 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, putting the healthcare system under a further strain.
The implementation of an enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will be extended by another week until April 11, presidential spokesman Herminio L. Roque, Jr. said in a statement.
The week-long hard lockdown, which the President declared last week to address an unprecedented spike in coronavirus infections in the greater Manila area, was to originally set to end on April 4.
The ECQ will be coupled with a strict enforcement of the so-called “prevent, detect, isolate, treat and reintegrate (PDITR) strategy,” Mr. Roque said.
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