IATF eyes return to ‘new normal’ ‪after April 30‬‬

April 14, 2020

CNN Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said Tuesday it is discussing what measures it will take and implement ‪after April 30‬, the expected end-date of the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon.‬

“Tuloy tuloy po ang discussions namin sa IATF tungkol sa transition [Our discussion on IATF on transition is ongoing],” task force spokesman Karlo Nograles said in a televised briefing, when asked to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to lift the quarantine in Luzon once an antibody treatment against the new coronavirus becomes available in the market.

Nograles, however, did not say whether or not the quarantine will be lifted.‬

The official said they will identify what industries could be allowed to operate or who among the labor force could get back to work.

Nograles also said they are thinking of what to do with the public transportation system within northern Philippines, which the government suspended since March 17. This is in line with the Luzon-wide quarantine, which aims to restrict the movement of the public to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. This excludes those rendering vital services and going out for essentials.

After they finalize the gradual recovery from the crisis brought by coronavirus disease, the task force “will set very stringent guidelines on what the new normal is,” Nograles said.

He earlier said the "new normal" involves following physical distancing rules and practicing good hygiene.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.