- Malacañang placed the entire Luzon under 'enhanced community quarantine' to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19
- This came about after health authorities confirmed additional coronavirus cases
- The new level of quarantine retains the provisions of the general quarantine, however, it includes the suspension of transportation altogether and also implements strict home quarantine of each and every household in Luzon
- Problems relative to the recently established community quarantine were faced by the government, but Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says markets will still be open
With the recent developments related to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the government has placed the whole of Luzon under an "enhanced community quarantine." This will be for the purpose of arresting the spread of the virus.
Cabinet officials have made the recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte, and the President has already given the order, according to a report by The Philippine Star (authored by Franco Luna).
The government was confronted with a series of problems in the implementation of the community quarantine. Some members of the cabinet previously recommended suspending work for even a week just to contain the movement within the capital region.
In a report by ABS-CBN News (authored by Arianne Merez), Malacañang spokesman Salvador Panelo and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año were among those who were rooting for a total lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
In the enhanced community quarantine, transportation and other implements would be suspended altogether. It also imposes a strict home quarantine for each and every household within the affected areas.
This new level also highlights more presence of uniformed personnel that would enforce the guidelines of the quarantine.
As far as food and essential health services are concerned, these shall be regulated.
In a previous report by KAMI, cases of coronavirus have jumped. In Lingayen, more than 7,000 individuals are being monitored for the possibility of being infected with COVID-19.
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