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‘We are still in control.’ DILG Sec. Eduardo Año assures that gov’t can still manage the COVID-19 pandemic, netizens react

“We are still in control. We placed NCR and four provinces under MECQ because we know that our hospitals are overwhelmed so we have to restrict the movement of the people but eventually, we hope the numbers will improve”

Netizens and personalities reacted to Department of Local and Interior Government Secretary Eduardo Año’s statement on Monday that claimed that the government is still ‘in control’ of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country amidst the continuous hike of confirmed cases.

“We are still in control. We placed NCR and four provinces under MECQ because we know that our hospitals are overwhelmed so we have to restrict the movement of the people but eventually, we hope the numbers will improve,” the DILG sec said in an ANC interview.

Recently, Metro Manila, along with Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, and Cavite provinces, was placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in response to the plea of the frontliners.

“We always see the effect of an MECQ within the incubation of 14 days, it’s not like magic that when we declare MECQ then everything will be okay. We have to do a lot of effort. The LGUs, the national government, private sectors are actually doing everything with cooperation and coordination,” Año added.

However, his claim has drawn reactions from netizens who questioned the claim of Año that the government is still in control of the pandemic.

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It has been almost seven months since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed here in the country. Looking back, no one ever thought that the country would reach 130,000 cases by this time.

When the first few cases were confirmed, President Rodrigo Duterte said that there’s nothing to worry about.

“Let’s start with narratives by saying that everything is well in the country, that there’s nothing really to be extra scared of the coronavirus thing,” Duterte said.



Being placed under lockdown for almost five months, the situation seemed to worsen and it seems like there is no concrete plan being implemented. At present, our only hope to be able to ‘control’ this pandemic could be a vaccine for the virus.

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