According to the Department of Health, authorities may reimpose strict quarantine rules should there be any sharp increase in COVID cases. DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, in an article by CNN Philippines, discussed about photos circulating showing people flocking in Manila after the ECQ was eased last week.
“This is actually a shifting or transitioning para mapababa at mapababa ang community quarantine. Pero kung makikita po natin ito tapos biglang mag-surge ang cases natin, malaki po ang posibilidad na we need to do another total lockdown if cases will increase,” states DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Vergeire reiterated that regardless of the classification, the entire country is still under quarantine. She also reminded the public that everyone has an obligation to fulfill and despite the easing of some restrictions, these should not be forgotten.
“Sana nga po ang ating mga kababayan ay naiisip nila na kung kinakailangan at saka magpunta diyan. Nagpalabas po ang pamantayan ang Department of Trade and Industry para sa mga malls para sundin po nila ito para hindi magdagsa ang mga tao. So we are expecting the mall operators and the local government units at that should enforce these minimum health standards. para po hindi nagkakaroon ng ganyang crowd sa loob ng isang mall,” Vergeire adds.