Palace: Complete NCR lockdown still an option

Published March 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Malacañang is not setting aside the idea of placing the National Capital Region (NCR) under a complete lockdown if the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country gets worse.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement as he reiterated that placing Metro Manila under a community quarantine for 30 days was for everyone’s sake.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

In an interview with DZMM, Panelo said President Duterte will do everything he can to address the outbreak because his top priority was to protect the health and safety of all Filipinos.

“Kung kinakailangan na mag-complete lockdown na, mag-lockdown na tayo. Kung exponentially pag nagkahawaan tayo, mauubos tayo (If we have to be under a complete lockdown we will do that. Exponentially, if we infect each other, there will be none of us left),” he said Sunday evening.

“Mukhang ‘di nga bumabagsak, eh. Umaakyat eh. Kaya kasama yun sa pag uusapan bukas kung ito ba ay sufficient na yung ginagawa natin o kailangan pa natin ng mas istrikto pa yung ating gagawin (It’s not dropping, it continues to rise. That’s why we’ll meet tomorrow to assess if what we’re doing is enough or if we need to implement stricter measure),” he added.

Panelo also reiterated that the government will do everything to keep the public safe.

“Ine-evaluate araw-araw yung mga kaganapan. Kung ano ang makakabuti sa ating lahat, yun ang gagawin natin (We’re evaluating the situation every day. We will do what is good for everyone),” he said.

According to Panelo, the World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that 75,000 Filipinos will be infected by COVID-19 if a lockdown will not be imposed.

Meanwhile, the Palace official renewed Malacañang’s appeal to the public to cooperate with the government in addressing the outbreak.

“This is a matter of national survival, it’s a matter of life and death. We really have to do something about ourselves otherwise damay-damay tayo (all of us will suffer),” Panelo said.

Metro Manila is under “community quarantine” from March 15 to April 14 due to “sustained community transmission.”