Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque introduced the lockdown Saturday after the nation reported 9,838 new Covid-19 instances — the nation’s highest single day improve, in keeping with official state media Philippines Information Company. Philippines has reported greater than 720,000 coronavirus instances, together with 13,170 deaths, making it one of many worst affected international locations in Asia.
Greater than 25 million individuals throughout Metro Manila and close by provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal can be affected by the lockdown.
The lockdown begins Monday, and runs till April 4 — or Easter Sunday, a day when Christians typically rejoice with particular church companies. Non secular gatherings will not be allowed through the holy week.
The measures embody a curfew from 6 p.m. till 5 a.m. — tightened from the earlier 10 p.m. curfew. Gatherings of greater than 10 individuals outdoors will not be allowed, and non-household members can not collect indoors, the federal government stated.
Diners will not be allowed to eat in eating places, though take-out and supply companies can go forward.
“Don’t worry. Our purpose continues to be to make sure that all people can be vaccinated. However whereas we do that, the federal government is prioritizing healthcare staff as they’re probably the most uncovered and probably the most susceptible to getting Covid,” Nationwide Job Power In opposition to Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar secretary Carlito Galvez stated.
“Extra vaccines will arrive, we’re certain of that. We simply have to attend for our turns to be vaccinated.”