By Prince Golez
A week before the Luzon lockdown ends on April 30, President Rodrigo Duterte extended until May 15 the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and other high-risk areas due to the threat posed by the coronavirus disease.
Provinces considered high-risk are Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales (Region III); Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon (Region IV-A); Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro (Region IV-B); Albay and Catanduanes (Region V); Benguet (CAR); and Pangasinan (Region I).
Duterte also imposed an ECQ in the following high-risk areas until May 15:
*Antique, Iloilo, Cebu and Cebu City (subject to recheck)
*Davao del Norte
*Davao de Oro (subject to recheck).
“Areas under ECQ would again undergo evaluation if the decision can be relaxed starting May 16, 2020,” said the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
As of April 23 afternoon, the Philippines recorded an additional of 271 new cases, bringing the total to 6,981. Seven hundred twenty-two patients have recuperated while 462 died.