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Phl braces for relaxed quarantine restrictions

Francis Wakefield

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The Metro Rail Transit in EDSA is installed with physical distancing barriers as operations resume Monday, 1 June 2020. (DOTR)

Filipinos can and will rise above the coronavirus pandemic.

Malacañang on Sunday said the government alone cannot fight COVID-19 alone and it needs the cooperation of the nation to succeed.

Whole-of-government approach, interventions and public health standards are in place to ensure safety of Filipinos as the country shifts to general community quarantine or modified general community quarantine on Monday, 1 June.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said guidelines have also been issued to employers to deal with the coronavirus disease 2019.

“The coronavirus disease 2019, as we have said, in numerous occasions, is an invisible enemy and the world, including the Philippines, has witnessed its adverse impacts across all sectors, as there is still no miracle cure or vaccine for this dreadful virus,” Roque said in a statement.

“The government cannot fight COVID-19 alone. We need the concerted effort of everyone. The sacrifices of our people in the past seventy or so days are laudable and we must not put these to naught.”

Roque said it may be difficult for some, especially those who needs to physically report for work, “but we live in extraordinary times and situation.”

“As more sectors and industries begin to operate, let us continue cooperating with authorities in enforcing quarantine protocols. Let us take care of each other by wearing face masks/face shields, maintaining physical/social distancing, staying at home if/when need be and avoiding crowded places, and the like. Only then we can heal and rise as one,” Roque said.

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