QUEZON CITY, March 31 -- Science is in charge. Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles reiterated Tuesday in a media briefing amid rumors of government extending the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon for 60 days.
According to Nograles, "aaralin pa po ng DOH kung kailangan pong i-extend ito o hindi. Sa usapin na ito, science is in charge. Sana po malinaw ito sa ating lahat."
(The DOH will stil study the need to extend this quarantine or not. Where this discussion is concerned, science is in charge. We hope that is clear to everyone.)
Nograles said that the IATF has directed a technical working group (TWG) headed by the Department of Health (DOH) to finalize the parameters that will guide recommendations to lift or extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon. He said that under IATF Resolution No. 17, "the IATF Technical Working Group (TWG) to be led by the DOH is directed to convene and finalize the parameters for deciding on the eventual total or partial lifting of the ECQ in Luzon, the possible extension of its duration, or its expansion to other areas outside the contained area, subject to the approval, amendment or modification by the IATF."
He stressed that the IATF had yet to decide on whether to extend the ECQ or not, categorizing rumors that the government would extend the quarantine for 60 days as "fake news."
Nograles urges the public to continue cooperating with the ECQ and to practice stringent social distancing in order to help the government contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
"There are many ways we can help one another as we work to overcome this crisis together--but it all begins with staying home and taking all the necessary precautions to avoid spreading the virus," Nograles said.
"Bahay muna, buhay muna. Iwasan po natin mahawa, at gawin po natin lahat para hindi mahawa ang iba. Together, we can beat Covid-19; together, we heal as one," he stressed. (MACV/IATF)