It’s starting to look like we’ll all be stuck at home longer than initially planned.

In an address to the nation tonight, President Rodrigo Duterte said that, following discussion, the government is “inclined” to extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine period until April 30, 2020.

“We have discussed it actually, even before this,” Duterte said toward the end of his address. “We are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30. Tignan natin after that. In the meantime, double-time kami,” he added.

Duterte’s assertion is in line with National Task Force (NTF) chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr.’s statement over the weekend saying the government is currently mulling a 15- to 20-day enhanced community quarantine period extension.

Gusto ko pa ipaalam sa publiko na maganda po ang nagawa ng lockdown. Nagkaroon po kami ng tinatwag na scientific analysis na na slow down ng lockdown ang spread ng virus,” Galvez said in an interview with DZBB.

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“So with that ang nakita po namin, isa sa mga malaking possibility na magkaroon po tayo ng extension ng 15 days or maybe 20 days, para po talaga ma-sustain natin,” Galvez added, stressing the final decision would have to come from President Duterte himself.

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The Luzon-wide enhanced quarantine period was first announced by the government on March 16, 2020, and was an extension of the measure’s initial Metro Manila-wide coverage. At the time, the country was dealing with less than 150 cases of the deadly COVID-19 virus—a manageable figure, when compared to the 3,660 confirmed cases and 163 deaths as of today. Are you in favor of extending it?

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