Galvez tells public amid COVID-19 crisis: Be patient, cooperate

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Health workers from the Philippine Coast Guard man the testing booths at a center in Manila on May 13, 2020. Multiple buses carrying seafarers and land-based OFWs line up outside the Palacio de Maynila mega swabbing center to cater to repatriated Filipinos who have been mostly in quarantine for almost 2 weeks now. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The government's task force spearheading response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis on Thursday urged the public anew to be patient, and continue to cooperate in the government’s efforts to transition to the “new normal” amid the pandemic.

In a virtual press briefing, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said people still need to remain in their homes, except if they belong to industries that will resume partial operations, as modified enhanced community quarantine will be implemented in several areas starting May 16.

“Sa ating mga kababayan, kami po ay humihingi sa inyo ng patuloy na pagsuporta at pag-unawa sa ating pagharap sa krisis na ito,” he said.

“Sinisiguro po namin na ginagawa ng inyong pamahalaan ang lahat nang makakaya po namin upang mapangalagaan ang inyong kaligtasan at kalusugan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mataas na kalidad na PPEs, medical supply at iba pang mga serbisyong pangkalusugan sa ating mga frontliners,” he added.

Galvez said the government would continue to find ways on how to deal with COVID-19 in the absence of a vaccine, even as businesses will be gradually reopened to cushion the economic fallout of the crisis.

“Kaya nga sinasabi namin, we explore, we test, and we learn. So we are exploring to open up our business in the near future. Unlike the first world countries, we are trying to learn as they go. Our action may not be perfect or ideal, but we are doing our best to serve our people, to solve our problems at hand, pouring our time, mind and heart to accomplish the mission entrusted to us,” he said.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has tallied 11,876 infections of the novel coronavirus, which emerged in Wuhan City in Hubei province, China.

The tally includes 790 people who succumbed to the illness while 2,337 have recovered.

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