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By Prince Golez

In a bid to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered an “enhanced community quarantine” in the entire Luzon until April 12.

The Philippines has recorded 12 deaths and 142 confirmed cases.

“Upon further study of worldwide trends and measures and the need for extreme caution during such time as this, I have come to the conclusion that stricter measures are necessary. For this reason, pursuant to my powers as President under the Constitution and Republic Act 11332, I am placing the entire Luzon under quarantine until April 12, 2020, coinciding with the entire end of the Holy Week,” said Duterte.

“It will be an enhanced quarantine during which the movement of everyone will be significantly limited. Work in public and private sectors will be limited to work-at-home arrangement,” he added.

A memorandum signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by order of the Presidenr, on March 13 defined enhanced community quarantine as strict home quarantine implemented in all households, suspended transportation, regulated provision for food and essential health services; and heightened presence of uniformed personnel.

On March 12, Duterte imposed a 30-day community lockdown on Metro Manila, suspending all land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from the region until April 14.

He also extended the suspension of classes in all levels in the entire National Capital Region until April 12 and called for stringent social distancing measures to contain the disease.

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