"The enhanced community quarantine is up to April 30 11:59 p.m". We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30.
"The President has made a decision to extend the ECQ until the 11:59 p.m. of April 30", he said. "Provided that such extension of the enhanced community quarantine shall be without prejudice to the discretion of the President to relax the implementation of the ECQ in some local jurisdictions, or the granting of exemptions in favor of certain sectors, as public health considerations and food security may warrant", Nograles said. At least 163 died from the infection.
Nograles said the quarantine can not be lifted this early because, based on three different models, cases spiked the moment quarantine orders were lifted. Nograles is confident that by gradually certifying more subnational laboratories, 13,000 to 20,000 COVID-19 tests can be done daily by April 27.
"The IATF shall exhaust all means necessary to increase the COVID-19 testing capacity of the country, and for this reason hereby adopts and approves the Guidelines for COVID-19 Mass Testing as presented by the Department of Health", he said.
"We will await the final government decisions, and will announce the list of domestic flights to be operated once finalized", the airline company said.
There are 3,660 cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, with majority of the cases recorded in Luzon.
Convention centers have also been converted into quarantine facilities as part of the government's segregation system to isolate patients who will test positive for COVID-19 and patients under investigation (PUIs).
By putting these changes in place, he said, the government hopes the Philippines can buy time and reach the peak number of cases only after scientists finally create a vaccine for the new coronavirus.
The Philippines is in a state of public health emergency and calamity over COVID-19 that has spread out of its origin, China, to almost 200 countries and territories since it was first detected late a year ago.