Metro Manila will have a 10pm to 4am curfew starting May 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced this morning.
The new curfew hours are based on MMDA Resolution No. 21-09 Series of 2021, which was signed by all mayors in the National Capital Region (NCR).
“According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, the local governments of the NCR will release their own executive orders or ordinances about the new curfew hours which they will implement in their cities,” the MMDA said.
Abalos said that the mayors will recommend what they called a “flexible” modified enhanced community quarantine, where more businesses will be allowed to open but strict health protocols will still be implemented.
Hospitals in the NCR have been inundated with patients, and many of them are facing a shortage of manpower, equipment, and medicine. Some patients have had a hard time looking for hospitals to admit them, and a few reportedly died in makeshift tents and parking lots due to the health crisis.
As of today, there are a total of 1,013,618 COVID cases recorded in the country, including 16,916 deaths. The Duterte administration has started inoculating health workers, senior citizens, and people with comorbidities but admitted that it has a hard time procuring vaccines due to global supply issues.
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