- Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said that he is confident that the enhanced community quarantine will be lifted on May 15, 2020
- He said that mass testing should be optimized to totally lift the ECQ over high-risk areas
- Concepcion also mentioned that economic activities should restart by May 15, as well as the construction
- However, the COVID-19 cases in the country are still increasing, there are now 7,777 cases recorded
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Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. "Joey" Concepcion said that he is confident that the enhanced community quarantine over high-risk areas will be lifted on May 15, 2020.
KAMI learned that Concepcion noted the COVID-19 testing capacity should be expanded to detect the coronavirus.
“Ang importante ay yung increase ng testing, because testing is the only way that we can gain more economic activities,” the Presidential Adviser said.
“If we increase the testing ay nakikita natin ang virus,” he continued.
In a report by GMA News Online (authored by Jon Viktor Cabuenas), Concepcion said that while he is confident that the ECQ will be lifted, the Philippines might be the first country to be placed under community quarantine for more than 2 months.
"We want the ECQ to be lifted on May 15. I think 'yung chance na mangyari 'yan mataas. I'm confident na mangyayari 'yan. I believe we will lift the ECQ, I personally," Concepcion said.
"This is only my guess. I'm not saying it's 100% [but] I believe it will happen. We might be the first country to hit more than two months, but sa tingin ko hindi,” he added.
The Presidential Adviser said that mass testing should be increased to 28,000 tests per day. He said that this his achievable because about 300,000 to 500,000 test kits are expected to arrive by May 15.
Concepcion said that construction should be allowed to restart by May 15 or when the ECQ has been lifted.
"To me, dapat even the non-essentials dapat mag-restart na rin 'yan. Marami rin 'yan and then 'yung construction rin, 'yung mga hindi naman delikado kasi open area naman, so we should allow them to start construction, that's important,” he said.
As of posting time, the Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 7,777 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Meanwhile, 932 of the patients have recovered.
The enhanced community quarantine was first set to end on April 12. However, it was extended until April 30, and then until May 15 in high-risk areas including Metro Manila.
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