Breaking News: ANTI-COVID-19 LOCKDOWN EXTENDED TO MAY 15

Metro Manila, Central Luzon (Region III), Calabarzon (Region IV-A), and several provinces and islands in Luzon, and cities and provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao,  will remain under Expanded Community Quarantine (ECQ) until May 15, Malacanang said on Friday, April 24.

Also covered by the extension are Cebu province including Cebu City, Antique, Iloilo, Davao del Norte and Davao City.

The ECQ was supposed to end on May 30.

The extension decided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 (IATF) was announced by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in a taped public address aired on Friday, April 24.
“The decision regarding the ECQ when May 1, 2020 comes: maintain the ECQ for NCR, Region III, Region VI-A, and all other areas where the threat of COVID-19 is still great,” said lo
The Luzon provinces that will be kept under lockkdown are the following:
  • Metro Manila
  • Benguet
  • Pangasinan
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Quezon
  • Albay
  • Island of Mindoro (Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro)
  • Catanduanes
VISAYAS
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Cebu City
MINDANAO
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao City
The extension was recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte by the IATF, the government’s coronavirus task force on Thursday.
President Duterte, in a televised address also on Friday,  said a “general community quarantine” would be enforced in “low-risk” or “moderate-risk” areas until May 15, under the following regulations:
  • Workers in low-risk industries can continue to work or operate in phases.
  • The general population can only leave their homes to access basic necessities.
  • Persons younger than 21 years old or those who are 60 years old and above must stay in their homes. So too must persons who are between those ages but live with people with co-morbidities (diabetes, lung problems, heart disease) or other risk factors.
  • “Non-leisure stores” in malls or shopping centers can partially open.
  • Universities and colleges can finish the academic year and issue credentials to students.
  • Priority and essential construction projects may resume in accordance with Department of Public Works and Highways guidelines.
  • Public transportation may operate at a reduced capacity.
  • Local governments shall enforce a night curfew for non-workers.
  • Airports and sea ports may operate only to ensure the unhampered flow of goods.

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