- Several Pinoy celebrities took to social media to express their sentiments against the re-implementation of ECQ in some areas in Luzon
- Some of the celebrities made their feelings known with just a one-word-post, while others reminded everyone that the 2022 elections is just around the corner
- Others revealed their readiness in helping those who would be severely affected by the ECQ
- One celebrity lamented that what is happening is like déjà vu
As expected, several Pinoy celebrities took to social media to express their sentiments, frustrations, and disgust at the latest announcement that several areas in Luzon, including the NCR, will once again be under ECQ.
An ECQ, or Enhanced Community Quarantine, is a strict form of quarantine level where residents of affected areas are not allowed to go out of their homes, except when it is extremely essential to do so.
The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (NIATF) arrived at the decision to again put some areas under ECQ due to the surging new cases of coronavirus infection.
Some celebrities, however, did not take the news well. “Ano na nga ulit yun? Yun ba yung di ka pwede lumabas ng bahay tapos walang trabaho, walang ayuda, at walang plano yung gobyerno? Ah ok!,” Saab Magalona said in her post.
“Groundhog day,” said Agot Isidro, referring to the term to describe a situation where a series of unwelcome events appear to recur in almost exactly the same manner.
“Dejavu, Pilipinas. Stay safe, thinking of you,” Janine Gutierrez chimed in. Sam Concepcion simply posted: “Hayy Philippines.”
On the other hand, Alex Gonzaga revealed they already packed groceries and implored everyone to be careful. She also reminded Filipinos to shower and take off clothes upon getting home, ending her post with: “Hay eto na naman tayo!”
Albie Casiño, who uses the name TheStallion09 on his social media accounts, posted his face with a quizzing look, captioning it with: “My face when they said ecq seasons 2. Congrats to everyone who voted nung 2016 sana natutuwa kayo ngayon. vote wisely sa 2022.” He also asked followers to vote wisely in 2022.
Janella Salvador, who goes by the name superjanella on social media, reposted a breaking news about the government advisory and captioned it with: “Happy birthday to me!”
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The enhanced community quarantine or ECQ in the NCR Plus bubble is a series of stay-at-home orders and cordon sanitaire measures implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). It is part of the COVID-19 community quarantines in the Philippines, a larger scale of COVID-19 containment measures with varying degrees of strictness. The "enhanced community quarantine" (ECQ) is the strictest of these measures and is effectively a total lockdown.
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Last year, the Philippine government through the IATF-EID created several classifications to separate worst hit areas from those that have less infection rates. The strictest of these classifications is the ECQ, which in effect, is a total lockdown. When it was finally lifted several months ago, citizens felt a bit freer under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) level. Residents of these areas will be experiencing both minor and major changes in their daily routine due to this transition.
Last year, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stated that President Rodrigo Duterte heard the calls of the medical frontliners regarding ECQ. He said that the country is grateful for the immense contribution of medical frontliners and their voices were heard. Roque previously said that the palace also understands the needed balancing act between the economic condition of the country vis-a-vis that of public health. He also stated that the local government units of Metro Manila were directed to “implement a strict localized lockdown/enhanced community quarantine in barangays where 80% of cases are located.”
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