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There could be a fresh wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) if malls were allowed to reopen, the chief implementer of the government’s response to the crisis warned Saturday (April 18).

Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. rejected calls to reopen malls and cautioned against the abrupt resumption of operations of certain businesses.

“Sa personal opinion ko, kapag binuksan agad natin ang mga mall posibleng magkaroon ng second wave ng COVID-19,” he said in an interview over dzBB radio.

“Kapag binuksan natin ang lahat ng negosyo maaaring malagay sa [alanganin] ang kalusugan ng mamayan,” Galvez added.

Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion earlier suggested the gradual opening of malls, with priority for high-demand shops.

Galvez said the public should expect a “new normal” with the wearing of face masks and social distancing required should the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine be lifted.

“‘Yung mga i-o-open natin na mga negosyo kailangan responsable sa kanilang mga employee at kanilang mga buyer,” he said.

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