Duque: Going back to stricter lockdown will ‘damage PH economy beyond repair’

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MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III believes the Philippines can no longer afford to revert to stricter coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown measures as it will damage the country’s economy “beyond repair.”

“We could no longer afford to a higher quarantine status of MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) or ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) because that will irreversibly injure, if not damage, the economy beyond repair,” Duque said on the launch of the “Mask Para Sa Masa” campaign in Quezon City on Saturday.

“Ayaw na po natin mangyari ‘yan (We don’t want that to happen),” Duque added.

The “Mask Para Sa Masa” campaign aims to provide poor and …

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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