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Enhanced community quarantine means lockdown in Luzon, says Año

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 3/17/2020 ANNA FELICIA BAJO,GMA News
people around each other: DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at the turnover of command ceremony at the Bureau of Fire Protection January 7, 2020. Screencap: BFP video DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at the turnover of command ceremony at the Bureau of Fire Protection January 7, 2020. Screencap: BFP video

The enhanced community quarantine being implemented in the whole of Luzon should be considered as a total lockdown, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday.

According to a series of tweets by GMA News’ Mariz Umali, Año said only health workers, bank employees, and those working in food stores were exempted from the directive.

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night declared the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to stop the further spread of COVID-19.

  

He said companies which would still require their employees to go to work even when they were not exempted from the enhanced quarantine must be stripped of their business permits.

Año said public transportation vehicles were also banned from plying their respective routes.

He said companies should provide the transport services of their workers who are exempted from the enhanced quarantine.

Earlier, Año said the government is eyeing to provide a specific public vehicle which will transport health workers.

This came after a number of health workers were stranded as they have no means of transportation to report to work.

Duterte placed the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

As of latest data from the Department of Health, the number of confirmed cases rose to 187. —NB, GMA News

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