Duterte extends coronavirus lockdown to mid-May

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced an extension of the lockdown on metropolitan Manila and parts of Luzon until May 15.

The “enhanced community quarantine” will continue to apply to “high-risk” areas, including Metro Manila and 17 provinces in Luzon. However, the government said it would study whether restrictions in some of the affected areas in Luzon could be eased after April 30. 

Other areas in the moderate to low-risk areas of Luzon have now been placed under general community quarantine. This allows for non-leisure stores in malls to partially open, public transport to open in a limited capacity, and for workers to go back to work in phases. 

However, integrated resorts in Entertainment City, as well as POGO businesses will remain suspended.