METRO MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday he will stop enhanced community quarantine in Luzon if an antibody against the deadly coronavirus becomes available.
"If there is already an antibody treatment against covid-19 and it becomes available in the market then I will lift the enhanced community quarantine. "Total kung magkasakit kayo may antibodies naman tayo mabibili," the president said.
Duterte said a giant pharmaceutical company has now developed an antibody treatment and will roll out this antibody soon.
"Meron ng medisina, antibody ang isang giant pharmaceuticals. Tapos naghahabulan sila. Sabi by May baka they would start to market it, ipabili na nila,” the president said.
He said for those who cannot afford the antibody, once it will be available in the market, "I will urge them to just wear their masks and wash their hands with soap and water if they cannot afford the price of that antibody," he stressed.
“‘pag nagsama lang tayo kaya natin ‘to kaunting panahon na lang. Alam ko igit na igit na kayo na makalabas,” he said.
The president has approved the extension in Luzon of the enhanced community quarantine, specifically starting from April 14 up to April 30, purposely to further flatten the curve of the deadly virus infections in the country.
The latest record of the Department of Health, as of Monday (April 13) showed the death toll to 315 from last Sunday's 297, while the number of infections also soared to 4,932 cases. There were also 242 patients who have recovered from the virus.
Menwhile, people from all walks of life have been waiting for the cash amelioration support from the National Government after the Duterte administration announced that every qualified family is going to receive P5000 up to P8000 support channeled to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In one of the barangays in Metro Manila, barangay residents mobbed the barangay bringing with them their respective kitchen utensils, as a show of their disgust to the alleged failure of the government to support them with food. Millions of Filipino workers have lost their jobs as a result of the enhanced community quarantine implemented by the government in Luzon and Metro Manila.