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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday (April 1) has assured that the government will do a massive forced quarantine.

“No such plans for a forced internment have been discussed in the IATF ( Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases),” he told reporters.

Guevarra, a member of the IATF, explained that what the task force discussed was is the conversion of certain big structures and buildings like the PICC (Philippine International Convention Center) when regular hospitals reach their maximum room capacity.”

Aside from this, he said that local government units (LGUs) were also asked “to provide quarantine or isolation centers in their respective jurisdictions to address the needs of families with not enough space in their homes.”

The Secretary made the clarification in response to statements made by Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr.

Galvez, the chief implementor of the national action plan against COVID-19, reported said that the government is considering to have a massive forced quarantine.

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