Luzon lockdown 'very effective' at checking COVID-19 - UP think tank

Luzon lockdown 'very effective' at checking COVID-19 - UP think tank

Good news for a change in the country’s battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

Based on a research from the University of the Philippines (UP) the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed by government over the entire of Metro Manila seems to have been "very effective" at checking the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Prof. Mahar Lagmay of the UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) said the university's Institute of Mathematics submitted research showing that the number of new infections per day in the National Capital Region appears to have already reached its peak. 

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"In NCR they are saying that it seems that we are already at the peak. So that means that our efforts in the ECQ have really been very very effective," Lagmay said in an interview with ANC.
ECQ declarations in the different provinces and cities have also reduced risk of spread of COVID-19, he said. 
Prof. Lagmay however warned that once ECQ measures are lifted, "the spread might spike up again."

To avoid this, UPRI said policymakers need to base their decisions on whether to lift or continue the quarantine on "science-based models." 

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