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Philippines back to stricter COVID-19 controls

“We’re back to zero...” – President Rodrigo Duterte, March 29, 2021

On Monday, March 29, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite would be under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again from March 29 to April 4. On Saturday, April 3, Palace spokesman Harry Roque announced that the ECQ will be extended until April 11. Other provinces are on varying levels of lockdown until April  30.

“We’re back to zero…” lamented Duterte during his national address, acknowledging the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.