In a televised speech on Monday night, Duterte said people should stay at home as the country battles COVID-19. He cited a documentary of a Japanese news network, which illustrated how a carrier can transmit droplets from a sneeze or cough to another person.
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Duterte cites Japanese documentary to explain COVID transmission
Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) - April 8, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has reiterated his appeal for the people to stay home to avoid being infected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a televised speech on Monday night, Duterte said people should stay at home as the country battles COVID-19. He cited a documentary of a Japanese news network, which illustrated how a carrier can transmit droplets from a sneeze or cough to another person.

“Once again I am asking the cooperation of the public in these trying times,” he said. “You know, nobody is spared. So, in the whole world, there is one common order: stay at home. Don’t leave your house if you do not want to be infected.”

Duterte recognized that some people still need to go out to earn a living in order to put food on the table.

“If they won’t go out and work, they won’t eat,” he said.

Duterte said wearing face mask is important when going out of the house.

The President said the government has to impose strict quarantine protocols.

“I have to be strict, which is really the advice of all governments: go inside your house and do not come out until the pandemic is over,” Duterte said.

“COVID-19 will really get us. It might not really cripple a country but it will, of course, cause sadness and fear on how we can rise above this crisis,” he added.

He lamented how the family of a person who dies of COVID-19 cannot have proper grieving because the fatality goes straight from the hospital to the morgue or crematorium.

“Whoever dies from this, you cannot hold him or her. The person will be wrapped immediately and brought straight to cremation. There is no wake. You will not be allowed to have a proper wake for a person who dies of COVID-19,” Duterte said.

“ You won’t see your loved one. You can see them from afar, once taken by the funeral service but you cannot go near. It does not distinguish whether you are rich or poor,” he added.

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