J. Jala | Posted on March 12, 2020
No less than President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the COVID-19 alert status in the Philippines has now reached the highest point of Code Red Sublevel 2.
This, after World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus that started in China as a pandemic.
Code Red Sublevel 2 means there is already a sustained community transmission and authorities are unable to trace and link the spread.
In a live TV appearance, Duterte addressed the nation and provided updates on current government action to defeat the global pandemic of COVID-19.
He was surrounded by key officials that composed the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 as he shared the contents of the task force meeting.
Furthermore, the president declared Metro Manila under “Community Quarantine,” more commonly referred to as lockdown.
With this, land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila are temporarily suspended from March 15 until April 14.
Class suspension in Metro Manila has likewise been extended until April 12.
Mass gatherings were also banned such as concerts and social events that involve a number of people.
Work in the executive branch of the government has been suspended but vital offices and departments shall operate on a skeletal format.
The president also stressed the importance of social distance observance.
This means person-to-person interaction has to be done in at least one meter gap to avoid close contact, thereby preventing possible spread of the virus.