Philippines Says Emerging Consensus Is for Lockdown Extension

(Bloomberg) -- The Philippine government said an emerging consensus is for the lockdown on the main island of Luzon to be extended for two weeks.

“There is an emerging consensus coming from medical experts, businessmen, government officials and other well meaning individuals that an extension of two weeks for the enhanced community quarantine or lockdown is necessary,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

The government has been weighing on its next move to deal with the coronavirus outbreak with the lockdown on more than half of the population set to end on April 12.

“Lifting it could be premature as it might wipe out the gains we have so far achieved in containing the virus,” Panelo said.

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