Palace adviser nixes new ECQ extension

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IF he had his way, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion would rather want to see the National Capital Region (NCR) and its adjoining provinces back under a more-relaxed community quarantine status, if only to allow the economy to roll anew.

In a televised interview, Concepcion said that the two-week enhanced  community quarantine (ECQ) in the NCR Plus area is enough and recommended returning the region to previous status and opening the economy.

Concepcion likewise expressed belief the two week-period that sent the NCR Calabarzon and part of Region III under strict lockdown following record-breaking daily tallies of COVID-19 infections, should have already served its purpose.

His assessment — the number of cases will go down with the implementation of the ECQ.

I believe we already finished the two weeks. Let’s all go back and open [the economy],” said Concepcion. He, however, cited the need for the appropriate government agencies to strictly monitor COVID-19 cases.

In the event of another surge in figures, Concepcion said the government can re-impose a lockdown.

The extended ECQ, for which business operations were halted in NCR Plus, ends on Sunday, April 11.

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