By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte is set to deliver another public address about the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
In a text message, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte will giving a message Monday afternoon.
“He will have a televised message today tentatively set at 4 p.m.,” he said.
This would be President Duterte’s fifth time to give a televised public address during the COVID-19 pandemic since placing Metro Manila under a community quarantine on March 12.
In his first message on March 12, President Duterte announced that Metro Manila will be placed under an enhanced community quarantine after the first case of a community transmission was confirmed by the Department of Health.
On March 16, a day after the community quarantine in Metro Manila took effect, Duterte declared that the entire Luzon will be placed under an enhanced community quarantine until April 12 and that transportation is suspended.
Four days later, President Duterte delivered a message to tell local government units (LGUs) to strictly implement the guidelines issued by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and to not go overboard.
On March 24, President Duterte hailed health workers as heroes and lamented the death of their colleagues who passed away due to COVID-19. He likewise thanked other frontliners and volunteers for their role in the fight against the pandemic.
To date, DOH has reported 1,418 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon—71 of whom have died while 42 have recovered.
The surge in cases, according to the DOH and Malacañang, is due to the arrival of additional test kits and establishment of additional COVID-19 testing centers.