Duterte will lift quarantine once antibody treatment against COVID-19 is available
Metro Manila — President Rodrigo Duterte will lift the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon once an antibody treatment against the new coronavirus becomes available in the market, he said in a late-night briefing Monday.
“Mukhang ito sa basa ko…kung meron na ‘yan, tapos makita kong ginagamit ng ili-lift, ko, tutal kung magkasakit kayo may antibodies naman tayo mabili,” he said.
[Translation: It looks like the way I see it, if that is existent (abtibodies), and I see that it is being used, I will lift the quarantine. Since we can buy antibodies once we get sick.]
The President said a giant pharmaceutical company has developed antibody treatments and will roll out this medicine soon.
“Meron ng medisina, antibody ang isang giant pharmaceuticals. Tapos naghahabulan sila. Sabi by May baka they would start to market it, ipabili na nila.” he said.
[Translation: There is a medicine already, an antibody of a giant pharmaceutical. They are beting each other to it. They say by May, they would start to market and sell it.]
Duterte added that he will urge people to wear masks, and wash their hands with soap and water if ever people cannot afford to buy the said antibodies.
“‘pag nagsama lang tayo kaya natin ‘to kaunting panahon na lang. Alam ko igit na igit na kayo na makalabas,” he said.
[Translation: We can do this together. We just need more time, I know you all want to go out already.]
Duterte approved the extension of the enhanced community quarantine from April 14 to April 30 to further flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection in the country.
The Health Department reported 284 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number of those who have been infected to 4,932.
There are now 315 people who have died due to respiratory disease, while 242 others have recovered.