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Reports on another extension of Luzon ECQ is 'fake news' —Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Sunday branded as "fake information" the supposed reports on another extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

In a virtual press briefing, Nograles, spokesperson for the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said, "Hindi totoo yan. Fake news naman yan. Kung may nagpapakalat man nito, hindi namin pinag-uusapan yung extension ng lockdown after April 30."

The Luzon-wide ECQ, which was implemented on March 17, was supposed to end on April 13. However, President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the measure until April 30.

An extension is necessary in order for the government to determine the impact of the ECQ and further increase health capacity in Luzon and other areas, including ramping up COVID-19 testing to 8,000 or even 10,000 tests per day with a turnaround time of 24 hours, according to Nograles.

He also urged the public to be wary of false information being spread or forwarded especially on social media.

"Our efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak must be complemented by our efforts to contain misinformation and disinformation lalo na pagdating sa mga balita involving our health, about possible remedies for the diseases and similar unsubstantiated claims," he said. —Erwin Cocol/LBG, GMA News