Presidential spokesman Harry Roke announced the lockout on Saturday, following reports of 9,838 new Kovid-19 cases in the country, according to the official spokeswoman Media News Agency. The Philippines has reported over 720,000 coronovirus cases, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst-affected countries in Asia.
More than 25 million people in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will be affected by the lockdown.
The lockdown begins Monday, and runs until April 4 – or Easter Sunday, a day when Christians often celebrate with special church services. Religious ceremonies are not permitted during the Holy Week.
Measures include curfew from 6 pm to 5 pm – tougher than the previous 10 pm curfew. The government said that no more than 10 people from outside are allowed, and non-domestic members cannot gather indoors.
Diners are not allowed to eat at the restaurant, although take-out and delivery services may proceed.
National Task Force Against Kovid-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Caesar Secretary Carlito Galvez said.
“More vaccines will come, we are sure of that. We have to wait for our vaccines to be vaccinated right now.”