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 News Agency. Philippines has reported greater than 720,000 coronavirus instances, together with 13,170 deaths, making it one of many worst affected nations in Asia.
More than 25 million individuals throughout Metro Manila and close by provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal might be affected by the lockdown.
The lockdown begins Monday, and runs till April 4 — or Easter Sunday, a day when Christians usually have fun with particular church providers. Religious gatherings will not be allowed throughout the holy week.
The measures embrace a curfew from 6 p.m. till 5 a.m. — tightened from the earlier 10 p.m. curfew. Gatherings of greater than 10 individuals exterior will not be allowed, and non-household members can’t collect indoors, the federal government stated.
Diners will not be allowed to eat in eating places, though take-out and supply providers can go forward.
“Do not worry. Our goal is still to ensure that everybody will be vaccinated. But while we do this, the government is prioritizing healthcare workers as they are the most exposed and the most at risk of getting Covid,” National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar secretary Carlito Galvez stated.
“More vaccines will arrive, we are sure of that. We just have to wait for our turns to be vaccinated.”