Lockdown is a possibility if severity demands – President Duterte

“Well, actually, iyang lockdown is a possibility. I said we are making some projections but if the severity in numbers would demand that we take corrective measure immediately, then we just have to go back to the lockdown,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during a meeting with Cabinet members, infectious diseases experts, and members of the academe to tackle various concerns on COVID-19, particularly the recently discovered coronavirus strain, at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace, December 26.

“‘Pagka rumami sila, with the new strain, then in the meantime that we are not able to confront them effectively — I mean the virus — we’ll just have to… Tama ‘yan, it depends on the severity in number. Kasi ‘pagka marami na, and we do not have the antidote on how to kill those variants, we’ll be having a problem there and of course we would also be hard-pressed on looking for the money for the expenses in the meantime, magastos ‘yan,” the President added.

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that he thinks “the IATF should put a threshold kung ilan iyong araw-araw na lumalabas na ano — then we may be able to — we’d might enforce again a tighter lockdown, sir. Kailangan may threshold tayo.”

“Kung bababa lang siya ng 2,000 below or maybe 3,000 siguro but it will be the IATF siguro [to set the threshold],” Secretary Lorenzana said.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said “right now, there’s no necessity to call for a lockdown but probably more on — on controlling the — the flow from the international. If ever, probably we may not have to declare lockdown in the country but we may have to close the border if there is a real situation that would occur later on.”

“So for the quarantine naman, sir, we’ll make sure that the LGUs… We’ll see to it that anyone who — who gets contact with a person coming from UK or from the four countries enumerated, iku-quarantine po sila kahit home quarantine just ensure na hindi sila makakagalaw. That way I think we can — we can control the — the situation,” Secretary Año said.