Manila has been one of the most impressive places in the world for preventing the Covid-19 virus. Despite the struggle for those suffering financially, the cases for such a densely populated city have remained low.
Even with the DOH increasing testing capacity, the Covid-19 virus has barely scrapped it’s way to 10,000 cases while other countries are reaching ten times that with much smaller populations spread out across larger areas.
It was as if Duterte fast acting and strict quarantine had managed to prevent the wave from flooding through Luzon, but exponential growth may still be inevitable.
The Metro’s top policymaking body will now discuss extending the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in all 17 cities to June 15, 2020.
The news came from Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who’s also the chair of the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
The MMC is expected to forward their recommendations to Duterte’s task force on the ECQ as mayors tackle the consequences of lifting the lockdown too soon.
Looking at the current situation in San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Parañaque, Olivarez expressed his support for the extension of the enhanced community quarantine.
The quarantine was expected to be downgraded to a general community quarantine after May 15 which would allow a little more freedom for workers and public transport, but Olivarez supports the extension of the enhanced quarantine.
The fate of Manila will be determined Saturday night and it is likely Duterte will announced the fourth lockdown extension.