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Lockdown or not: Pinoys will have to observe social distancing, wash hands, wear masks – Nograles

"Just to manage everybody’s expectations, lahat po iyon will be part of the new normal until we find a vaccine," said Nograles.

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While the Inter-Agency Task Force has yet to decide whether it was safe to lift the lockdown after April 30, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said some policies meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 would still remain in place.

Nograles said that even if the lockdown would be done selectively at the barangay level, Filipinos would still be asked to observe social distancing, washing of hands and wearing face masks in public.

“Just to manage everybody’s expectations, lahat po iyon will be part of the new normal until we find a vaccine,” said Nograles.

“Ayaw ko ring pangunahan but anytime na makakita na naman tayo ng surge in one area then mag-enhanced community quarantine din tayo doon. So, we have to be—dapat mabilis din iyong reaction natin para contained agad,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s enhance community quarantine was originally set to last from March 17 to April 13. The Inter-Agency Task Force, however, agreed to extend the lockdown in Luzon to April 30 due to the rising number of cases and deaths.

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