Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Philippines here. As of March 21st, we had 230 confirmed cases and 18 deaths. All concentrated in the Manila area. I suspect that the numbers are actually much higher due to a shortage of test kits and labs able to process the samples.
About mid March, the President put Manila under quarantine, but gave several days advance notice. Of course, there was a mass exodus ahead of the quarantine, so there will be cases showing up in the provinces soon.
A few days ago, the entire island of Luzon was put under quarantine. Local instructions are that people are to remain in their homes except essential workers. Food markets remain open. The only shortages I’ve noticed are in alcohol and disinfecting wipes. The less expensive brands of canned foods are in short supply.
Only one person per household is allowed to leave home to get groceries, medication, or go to the bank. That person is supposed to be 59 years old or younger, but older than 18.
We are an oddity in the Philippines in that there is no one in our household under 60, and no kids. I got a quarantine pass from our barangay captain the other day to make a supply run for the ranch. Drinking water, canned goods, and veggies. I passed through 2 check points staffed by the National police. No problems.
The pass is good for only one day, but we generally only need to make a supply run once a week.
The rural folks, as well as the urban poor here generally have no concept of Western style sanitation and hygiene practices. Once it gets into the general population, all bets are off.