CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 29 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday extended for another month,or until Oct. 31, the general community quarantine over Metro Manila amid a downward trend of COVID-19 infections in the capital region.
In his televised public address, Duterte said his decision, eventhough it puts a strain on the economy, is to to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the most populous region in the country.
Metro Manila's economic power makes the National Capital Region (NCR) the country's premier center for finance and commerce, with the NCR accounting for roughly 37.2% of the gross domestic product of the Philippines based on recent data by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
To date, the Philippines recorded a total of 3,073 new coronavirus cases that resulted to 37 deaths as of Monday. This brings the total count of COVID-19 infections to 307,288 cases with 5,381 fatalities.
On a positive note, however, the country also recorded a total of 5,381 recoveries and has tested more than 3.4-million individuals for COVID-19, as it aims to test as much as 10-million people, nearly a tenth of the population, by the second quarter of next year.
Amid the downward trend of coronavirus cases, Duterte, together with officials of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases also appealed to the public not to be complacent even as they would like the economy to continue to move forward.
People are also advised to strictly follow the existing health safety protocls including the wearing of face masks and shields and observing the one-meter physical distancing, while children, the elderly and pregnant women are urged to stay at home. (PIA NCR)