Palace warns of return to ECQ if physical distancing not observed

May 18, 2020

MALACAÑANG warned the public that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) could be reinforced anew if physical distancing and crowd control measures are not observed amid the prevailing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he understood why Filipinos were excited to troop to malls on Saturday, the first day of the relaxed quarantine protocols.

However, he explained that lack of discipline could result in an increase in COVID-19 infections currently at 12,513 as of Sunday (May 17).

“Kung lahat tayo ay lalabas ng ganyan kadami at hindi mag-o-observe ng social distancing, unang-una babalik po tayo sa ECQ. Kung ayaw niyo po bumalik, puwede ba ho bawasan na yung paglabas. Marami talaga hahawa ng COVID-19 (If all of us will go out and fail to observe social distancing, we will return to ECQ. If you don’t want to return to ECQ, avoid going outside. More will spread the coronavirus),” he said in a virtual presser on Monday.

Roque also pointed out that more COVID-19 cases in the country would translate to fewer hospital beds for patients.

As of May 16, he said the country has 13,457 total bed capacity for Covid-19 patients in Metro Manila.

“Pag dumami po yung nagksakit ng COVID-19, makikita niyo po limitado lang po ang mga kama sa ating mga ospital (If more people get infected with COVID-19, you’ll see we only have limited beds in hospitals),” he said.