We all miss driving around town, hanging out with friends, going to the malls, and possibly even the everyday gridlock traffic in Metro Manila. Well, maybe not the last one, not really. But, I’m pretty sure we’re all bored to our minds at home at this time, waiting for the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) put over Luzon to end. Unfortunately, instead of the originally planned quarantine lifting on April 14, we will have to continue staying at home until the end of April.
According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of the ECQ over Luzon up to April 30, 2020. This is in response to the increasing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country despite already placing the entire Luzon under the ECQ. According to the Department of Health’s (DOH) latest report last April 6, there are already 3,660 confirmed cases in the country with 163 deaths and 73 recoveries. Considering Metro Manila and Luzon were put on lockdown early in March, the number of cases continues to rise daily.
The ECQ over Luzon will be extended until 11:59 PM of April 30. The ECQ will not be expanded to Visayas and Mindanao. As such, personal mobility will continue to be limited under the ECQ. Furthermore, the public is mandated to stay at home/indoors during this time. As such, public transportation services will still be suspended with the exception of those carrying our front liners and healthcare workers. It should go without saying that we shouldn’t be driving around unless it is to go buy essential goods such as food or medicine.
Yes, it’s tough news to hear about the extension, especially since most of us have been cooped up at home for almost a month now. But, we all need to do our part to flatten the curve and prevent the virus from spreading.
Our front liners and health care facilities are already overwhelmed and overworked. The last thing we need is another ECQ. And if you’re complaining about being bored, just be thankful you have a roof over your head, can eat three times a day and go to sleep at night soundly. Not everyone has the same privileges.