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Coronavirus: Philippines quarantines island of 57 million people

Manila, Philippines -President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Philippine island of Luzon under an “enhanced community quarantine” until April 12 to stop the spread of coronavirus.  In a televised public address on Monday, Duterte said public movement would be restricted to only buying food, medicine and other essential items necessary for survival. “Only establishments that provide…

Coronavirus: Philippines quarantines island of 57 million people

Manila, Philippines -President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Philippine island of Luzon under an “enhanced community quarantine” until April 12 to stop the spread of coronavirus. 
In a televised public address on Monday, Duterte said public movement would be restricted to only buying food, medicine and other essential items necessary for survival.
“Only establishments that provide services like food and medicine shall be open,” said Duterte. 
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The president also instructed the labour and social welfare departments to implement measures that would alleviate the burden of the lockdown on small business and wage workers. He also urged businesses to release the mandatory 13th-month pay to their employees.
According to the health department’s latest figures, there are 142 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines and 12 fatalities.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier explained that under an enhanced community quarantine, “strict home quarantine shall be implemented in all households, transportation shall be suspended, provision of food and essential services shall be regulated and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented”.
It is effectively a lockdown of the country’s largest and most populous island, affecting about 57 million people. 
“We already have an enhanced community quarantine which we started two days ago [over Manila], we are just expanding it to the entire Luzon,” said Panelo.
The move is the most aggressive among Asian countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 disease, which has already infected more than 164,000 people, killed at least 6,500, and crippled public health systems worldwide. 
Checkpoints became chokepoints
The announcement of the lockdown came after a colossal failure to implement social distancing measures to stave off the spread of coronavirus.
Duterte earlier announced a “community quarantine” starting midnight of March 15, cutting off domestic air, land and sea access to the capital megacity of Manila in an effort to stave off the spread. Classes and work for non-essential services were suspended, and an estimated 12 million residents were asked to stay at home. 
The measure made Arnold Vega’s morning commute look like a mass exodus. 

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