Angara urges extension of COVID-19 quarantine to May 15

Angara urges extension of COVID-19 quarantine to May 15

The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine could be extended until mid-May, according to Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday.

“At this stage, I would support the extension to May 10 or May 15 because I think it’s too late really to announce that there will be a lifting,” Angara said in a virtual conference with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines.

“I don’t think there’s enough time to prepare on the ground. I’ve seen from experience of our last five weeks, there has to be some gestation time for policies to be kind of processed and for local government officials to be informed and to know the correct protocol,” he added.

The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine was implemented since March 17 and has been extended until April 30 to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Several establishments have halted operations and mass transportation has been suspended.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce his decision this week if he would modify or extend the quarantine protocols further.

According to the Department of Health, while it is too early to say if the Philippines has already been able to flatten the COVID-19 curve, there are indications supporting such observation.

As of April 23, the Philippines recorded a total of 6,981 cases of COVID-19, with 462 deaths and 722 recoveries. -NB, GMA News