Duterte warns of ‘stricter lockdown’ if virus surges

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be forced to impose a stricter lockdown if infections again surge because of more Covid-19 variants and violations of health protocols.

In his prerecorded public address aired on Tuesday, Duterte said he personally does not want to impose lockdowns, but he would be forced to do so to protect the public and prevent the spread of the virus.

“If I am strict at kung may improvement sa ngayon sa larangan ng ating mga syudad (If I am strict and if there’s an improvement now in our cities), there’s a sharp drop in cases, it’s because they followed the protocols. Kasi kapag hindi, mapipilitan ako na (Because if not, I will be forced) to impose a lockdown and everything at mag-strikto ang gobyerno (the government will be strict),” the President added.

Duterte added that he would listen to the recommendation of the government task force that includes health experts on curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

“‘Pag sinabi nila na lockdown (If they say there must be a lockdown), it’s not because I want to do it. Ayaw ko. Sabihin ko under other circumstances, ayaw ko (I don’t want it since) it will work hardships on the people, but these things are for your own good,” he said.

The so-called NCR Plus, comprising Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal provinces, has been downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until May 31 after trends have gone down as a result of stricter measures.

Other places under GCQ are Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Batangas, Quezon, Puerto Princesa, Iligan City, Davao City and Lanao del Sur.

Areas under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine are Santiago City, Isabela; Quirino; Ifugao; and Zamboanga City.

The rest of the country will stay under modified general community quarantine until the end of the month.

The Philippines has confirmed at least 12 cases of the Covid-19 variant first detected in India.

The country also has cases of the B117, B1351 and P1 variants — the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil variants, respectively — that triggered localized lockdowns in areas of concern.

On Tuesday, the Philippines recorded a total of 1,154,388 Covid-19 infections of which 52,291 are active cases, 1,076,428 are recoveries and 19,262 are fatalities.

With the rise of new Covid-19 strains, Duterte appealed again to the public to be like Boy Scouts and follow health protocols to avoid getting infected.

He particularly asked people who refuse to get vaccinated not to leave their houses to prevent virus spread.

“We cannot force you, but then sana kung ayaw niyo magpabakuna, ‘wag na kayo lumabas ng bahay para hindi na kayo maghawa ng ibang tao (We cannot force you but if you don’t want to be vaccinated, don’t go out of your houses so that you will not infect other people),” the President said.

Duterte said these people were not helping solve the crisis and were just prolonging the time for the country to achieve herd immunity.

Meanwhile, the President ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to supervise the transport and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines in the country.

The President issued the directive as he expressed misgivings about the supposed failure of some local government units (LGUs) to ensure the proper administration of the vaccines.

“Ang problema ko (My problem) is ‘yung handling, sir. Time is of the essence so there has to be a time frame for that for everything from handling to the transfer. I would insist that the DILG would be part of the supervisory team,” Duterte told vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

The President said the DILG’s participation in the implementation of the government’s Covid-19 inoculation drive was vital to ensure that no vaccine would go to waste.

He added that Interior Secretary Eduardo Año might tap the police force to ensure the proper handling of Covid-19 vaccines.

The government “will go full blast in making everything operational” should there be a “more serious” [Covid-19] variant to hit the country, the President said.

Duterte said the pandemic was getting “hotter and more dangerous” as Covid-19 variants could pose “a problem discovering new vaccines.”

“We do not have a guarantee that the vaccines will be forthcoming on time na walang maraming mamamatay (that many people won’t die). And if it is a more serious mutant, the variant, we will just have to prepare for the worst,” he added.

The President said it was right that the Philippines aimed to buy more Covid-19 shots “because there is no way of knowing whether a new variant of the Covid-19 will come up.”

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