MANAILA - The government has not yet decided whether to lift or extend the strengthened community quarantine in Luzon to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, a spokesman said Saturday.
President Rodrigo Duterte locked Luzon in place from March 17 to April 12, but calls have been made to extend the quarantine to ensure an effective deterrent.
"Hindi pa kami has prepared at magbigay ng rekomendasyon tungkol sa partial lifting ba or extension, or ilang lugar na lang ba kasi hindi pa talaga conclusive ang data," said Cabinet spokesman Carlo Nograles, spokesman for the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IATF), at an online press briefing on Saturday.
(We are not prepared to make a recommendation if we have a partial withdrawal or extension, or only in certain places because the data are inconclusive.)
) To help authorities decide on a blocking period, the working group approved several parameters, he said.
Nograles said, "I am not claiming that the IATF has committed to fulfilling its obligation to withdraw," Nograles said.
(The IATF approved the basis for that decision.)
Among the criteria considered by the government's Coronavirus Working Group is the trend of the Covid-19 epidemic curve, which refers to the projected number of people expected to be infected with the disease over a period of time.
The Government will also examine the health system, which includes quarantine and treatment facilities, protective equipment for health workers, and testing capacity.
Social, economic and safety factors will also be assessed in the Lucon Islands group, where nearly half of the country's 100 million people live, Nograles said.
Luzon has recorded the highest number of VIDOC-19 cases since the global epidemic began in the country.
"To this end, the Ministry of Health (IATF) is mandated to gather all interested agencies and complete the aggregation and analysis of all relevant data applicable to the area contained, subject to the IATF's discussion and final determination by the President," he added.
The technical working group is also responsible for developing recommendations on the possible introduction of general or enhanced quarantine in the Visayas and Mindanao settlements.
To date, the number of coronavirus infections in the Philippines is 3,018. The total figure includes 136 deaths and 52 cured cases.
Referrence ABS CBN