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NCR Plus lockdown extended as 12,276 new coronavirus cases reported

03 April 2021

By The SUN 

ECQ lockdown in Metro Manila, 4 provinces extended to Apr 11 (Inquirer photo)

Metro Manila and its four adjacent provinces – Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna – will remain under lockdown for at least another week under the government’s enhanced community quarantine scheme which is supposed to end Sunday, Apr. 4.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the quarantine restrictions in the area designated as “NCR (National Capital Region) Plus” will now last until Apr 11.


Nagrekomenda po ang inyong IATF na pahabain pa ang ECQ ng minimum na isang linggo sa buong Metro Manila at mga probinsya ng Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite at Rizal,” Roque said over the government-run PTV 4. (IATF has recommended extending the ECQ for a minimum of one week in Metro Manila and provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal.)

Roque also said that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of the ECQ.


He made the announcement as the Philippines’ active coronavirus cases roses to a record high 165,715 with 12,276 new infections being recorded Saturday.

The additional cases brought the country’s total tally to 784,403. This was despite seven laboratories failing to submit their data on time.

Pindutin para sa detalye

However, most or 96.5 percent of the confirmed patients only have mild symptoms, 2.2 percent are asymptomatic, 0.5 percent are severe and 0.30 percent are moderate.

According to Roque government will intensify its program of detecting and isolating patients during the extended lockdown.

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Kinakailangang paigtingin po yung ating tinatawag na PDITR o yung ating prevention, detection, isolation, tracing at reintegration at dahil dito po, nirereequire po natin ngayon na magkaron ng daily monitoring ang lokal na pamahalaan, ang ating mga NTF czars para po malaman natin kung ano ang resulta ng pinaigting na PDITR,” he said. (We need to intensify what we call PDITR and because of this, we are requiring our local government and NTF czars to do a daily monitoring to see the results of the intensified PDITR.)

Pindutin para sa detalye

As part of this strategy, officials will reportedly go door to door to locate those infected and subject them to testing and isolation if necessary.

Nearly all hospitals in Metro Manila have run out of beds for Covid-19 patients (Inquirer)

Meanwhile, the continuing surge in infections has led to most hospitals in Metro Manila running out of space for Covid-19 patients. News reports show sick patients being turned away from hospitals because of lack of space.


At hospitals like the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City which has been designated as a Covid-19 treatment facility, dozens of vehicles are lined up outside, all waiting for the chance to get their sick passengers admitted.

The spillover from the capital has reportedly affected hospitals in provinces hundreds of  kilometers away like Batangas, where health officials are planning to set up tents for patients waiting for admission.

Tunghayan ang isa na namang kwentong 

There is also a plan to convert the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bacoor City, Cavite, to cater exclusively to Covid-19 patients. 

In response to the emergency,  Malacanang said 110 beds will be set up at Quezon Institute in Quezozn City for Covid-19 patients with moderate to severe symptoms.

At least one hospital, the National Orthopedic Center in Quezon City, has also been hit with a cluster of cases, with 117 of its health care personnel coming down with the virus.

The hospital has stopped its face-to-face outpatient services as a result, but says it will continue accepting emergency cases.




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