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Albay VG Lagman hails science-based decision of President Duterte

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Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman said that the decision of the president to extend the enhanced community quarantine in several areas including Metro Manila and other high risk areas was correct because it is science-based.

“The president’s decision was correct because it was based on the science we have at this time. Kudos to IATF-EID! Your recommendations were approved in tote,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte extended the enhanced community lockdown in several areas until May 15 including Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and other “high risk” areas in Luzon.

“Still, some in the scientific community believe that a second wave of the disease is unavoidable, and keeping populations isolated for long periods of time could mean that more people are infected later in the year. It’s been suggested that a lockdown extension may have a detrimental effect over the long-term,” said Lagman.

The Luzon-wide lockdown was originally scheduled to expire on April 13 but the President extended it until April 30 to give way for mass testing for the coronavirus disease 2019.

“No one knows what the ideal lockdown length is. No one knows what the long-term effects are. And certainly, no one knows when this nightmare will finish. There’s a sad truth which suggests this illness cannot be avoided indefinitely, and because we know so little about the disease, staying in lockdown for long periods may not be justifiable,” he said.

“But PRECISELY because we do not have ALL the science we need at this point in time, we have to side with extreme caution. Mas okay na ako sa paranoid pero buhay kaysa sa bara-bara lang pero patay,” he noted.