Over 52,000 COVID-19 protocol violations recorded during ECQ in NCR Plus – PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) – The Philippine National Police recorded more than 50,000 violations of minimum health protocols during the two-week implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the national capital region and four nearby provinces.

PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said the failure to wear face shields and face masks topped the list of the most violated health measures, with 26,939 and 14,122 violations, respectively.

Metro Manila, as well as the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal, was placed under the strictest quarantine status from March 29 to April 11 in a bid to control the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Sinas added that 6,603 persons were warned, fined, and arrested for violating Republic Act No. 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

The non-observance of social distancing netted 4,740 violators, while 341 offenders were reported in “mass gatherings.”

The PNP data also showed that 15,247 persons in NCR Plus claimed to be authorized persons outside of residence when questioned.

As the NCR Plus shifts to modified ECQ, Sinas said the PNP would maintain the quarantine control points and law enforcement checkpoints.

He added that the PNP will also expand the travel window time to three hours in QCPs along economic highways to allow essential workers to pass through "without the need for vehicle inspection.”

Sinas said all deployed personnel in QCPs and law enforcement checkpoints will be tested for the coronavirus.