As the National Capital Region (NCR) must once again be placed under the rigid enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to skyrocketing numbers of Covid19 infections on a daily basis, the NCR Police Office (NCRPO) has assured both logistics personnel and consumers that trucks delivering essential goods will be prioritized at checkpoints.
With the number of recent cases boiling well over 7,000 a day, the national government made the call to implement a strict ECQ in order to curb the ongoing surge that most likely stemmed from the Delta Covid19 variant.
The SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, first discovered in India back in December last year, has a much higher level of transmissibility, meaning it spreads throughout people at a much higher rate than previous variants.
Local transmission of the easily spread variant was first confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) last month.
In order to prevent further spread of the Delta variant, an essential aspect of the lockdown involves limiting mobility so the virus doesn’t get around more than it already has.
Checkpoints at Metro Manila’s boundaries with neighboring provinces and expressways are meant to prevent non-authorized persons (non-APOR) from traveling unnecessarily, as well as catch those not adhering to public health safety protocols applicable to driving such as face mask-wearing and distancing for public transportation.
NCRPO chief Major General Vicente Danao Jr. stated that those delivering vital supplies need not worry about being delayed or inconvenienced at these checkpoints, however.
“We will separate (those bringing) essential goods like food and oxygen tanks, there will be a separate lane for them so they can proceed,” the police chief explained.
As per the recommendations of health experts, the NCR ECQ is set to last until August 20.