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Proposed Metro Manila lockdown due to COVID-19 rejected by President Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte rejected the proposed Metro Manila lockdown despite a rise in cases of novel coronavirus in the country.

House Minority leader Bienvenido Abante Jr. and Albay Second District congressman Jose Salceda expressed concern over the virus’s spread in Metro Manila, with the latter sharing his desire to cut travel to and from Metro Manila.

“At this point, all options should be on the table given that the National Capital Region is the most densely populated area in the country,” Abante said

“It also says that outbreaks of disease are more frequent and more severe when the population density is high, which happens to be the case in Metro Manila, particularly my district,” Abante continued. 

“Napaka-simple lang naman niyan: Sara mo SLEX, NLEX, yung railways, no domestic flights, no bus trips,” Salceda said which looks like more of a drastic approach to the situation.

“You may also declare work stoppage in Metro Manila. Kasi nandoon ang congregation ng mass transmission,” he added.

Currently Philippines has recorded 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 1 death.


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