Philippines' Duterte Announces 'Lockdown' of Manila to Fight Coronavirus
FILE PHOTO: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERSREUTERS
MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, as well as community quarantine measures, in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of coronavirus.
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Duterte approved a resolution to allow a raft of containment measures including bans on mass gatherings, a month of school closures and quarantining in communities where cases are detected, as well as stopping domestic travel in and out of Manila.
It follows confirmation on Saturday of the Philippines' first domestic transmission of the virus, which has killed two people there and infected 53.
Will there be enough manpower and facilities to conduct exhaustive testing and caring for those infected? Are there even enough kits for testing?
How about provisions to feed all those that will be lockdowned?
Lockdown might be a necessary option but an illprepared one can cause chaos, panic and heavens forbid catastrophe!
Who can say that there will not be others who would to get out of Manila, one way or snother.
Solution or cause for more problems?