“The coronavirus has gone berserk. While it is on ‘at-will’ mode, we are like, on autopilot. We can’t feel someone is in charge. Sobrang malas!” Senator Ping Lacson said in a Twitter post April 5.
When asked for what suggestion he can give, Lacson said “For a start, change crew. Then, allow more participation of the private sector to procure/administer their vaccines in the spirit of a whole-of-nation effort. Treat them as partners, not competitors by not over-regulating. No need to be a rocket scientist. Country before self.”
“We have repeatedly urged the president to change the crew, or at least the captain, even passed a resolution in this regard; exposed shenanigans in many investigations in almost every aspect of the handling of the pandemic; passed urgent legislations and I don’t know what else,” he added.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 11,028 new COVID-19 cases on April 4. It also reported 41,205 new recoveries and 2 deaths.
“Sa kabuuang bilang ng mga naitalang kaso sa bansa, 17.0% (135,526) ang aktibong kaso, 81.3% (646,100) na ang gumaling, at 1.69% (13,425) ang namatay,” DOH said.
On April 3, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) classification for National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal for one week starting April 5 until April 11.
“The enforcement of the Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate (PDITR) Strategy will be intensified. Health care utilization, case numbers and the PDITR gatekeeping indicators would serve as the parameters to be assessed for the succeeding weeks risk classification,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.