The Philippines announced on Saturday, March 27, 2021, an enhanced community quarantine for Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces, as COVID-19 cases in the country continue to soar. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said that the procedures will apply to Metro Manila and four surrounding provinces (Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal). “This will go with intensified prevention, detection, isolation, tracing, and rehabilitation that we will monitor on a daily basis,” Roque said. The enforcement was caused by the country’s highest single-day COVID-19 cases record, which reached 9,839 on March 27. The lockdown started on March 29 and was initially planned to run until April 4, but President Rodrigo Duterte recently demanded an extension of at least one week to try to impede the soaring number of positive cases.

Enhanced community quarantine imposes a curfew from 6 p.m. until 5 a.m. Outdoor events that have more than 10 attendants are not allowed, and indoor functions must not let visitors outside the household join. Restaurants are still operational but only for take-out and delivery transactions. The Philippine National Police (PNP) also situated many officers in checkpoint areas. Vaccines against the virus are also currently being extended to medical frontliners.