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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has reminded the government to heed the advice of global health authorities against the premature lifting of the coronavirus lockdown.

Lagman warned that prematurely lifting the lockdown will not help in controlling the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

He explained that several internationally renowned epidemiologists have cautioned that ill-conceived post-lockdown policies may result to the resurgence of the dreaded disease.

“The Philippines registers the highest mortality of frontline doctors in Southeast Asia and has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the region,” Lagman noted.

The Albay solon earlier supported the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to further extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to allow the conduct of mass testing in the areas in with reported cases of COVID-19 infection.

Some members of Congress earlier urged Malacañang to adapt a selective lockdown policies in towns and provinces with low cases of coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile, Lagman stressed that while violators of lockdown barriers contribute to the difficulty of containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, “the principal culprit” in the worsening situation is “the government’s initial and current lack of test kits, mass testing equipment, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and adequately equipped quarantine facilities nationwide.”

He added that the depletion of the ranks of frontline healthcare professionals and workers, many of whom have been victims of the viral contagion, contribute to the problems of containment and cure.

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