COVID-19 Timeline

APRIL 2020

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  • April 1, 2020

    “SHOOT THEM DEAD” 

    “Gulo, barilan, o patayan, I will not hesitate to let my soldiers shoot you.” 

    Ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Duterte ang pag-aksyon ng pulisya at militar sa mga lumalabag sa quarantine protocols sa isang address sa bansa (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Hindi kasama sa address na ito ang mga konkretong plano para sa P265 bilyong nakalaan para sa tugon laban sa COVID-19.

    Mayor Vico Sotto ng Lungsod ng Pasig ay ipinatawag ng NBI para sa kanyang paglabag sa Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. sa gitna ng agarang at direktang pagtulong sa mamamayan ng lungsod.

    “SHOOT THEM DEAD” 

    “Gulo, barilan, o patayan, I will not hesitate to let my soldiers shoot you.” 

    President Duterte orders police and military action for violators of quarantine protocol in an address to the nation (Tomacruz, 2020). Not included in this address are concrete plans for the P265 Billion allocated for the COVID-19 response. 

    Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is summoned by the NBI for violations against the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. amidst immediate and direct help to citizens of the city (Buan, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    2,3119650

    Buan, L. (2020). NBI summons Vico Sotto for ‘violating’ Bayanihan Law. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256660-nbi-summons-vico-sotto-violating-bayanihan-law-coronavirus

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). ‘Shoot them dead’: Duterte orders troops to kill quarantine violators. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256705-duterte-orders-troops-shoot-kill-coronavirus-quarantine-violators

  • April 2, 2020

    Tinawag ang atensyon ni Vice-President Robredo ng sidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) sa “pakikipag kompetensya” nito sa pagsisikap ng pambansang gobyerno sa kabila ng kanyang agarang aksyon. (Cepeda & Tomacruz, 2020).

    Inaasahang magsimula ang mass testing para sa COVID-19 ng Abril 14, ayon kay Presidential Peace Adviser Galvez (Santos, 2020).

    Vice-President Robredo is called by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) for “competing” with national government efforts despite her immediate action (Cepeda & Tomacruz, 2020). 

    Mass testing for COVID-19 is expected to start by April 14, as stated by Presidential Peace Adviser Galvez (Santos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    2,66310751

    Cepeda, M., Tomacruz, S. (2020). NBI urged to probe Robredo for helping frontliners, ‘competing’ with gov’t. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256769-nbi-urged-probe-robredo-helping-frontliners-competing-government-coronavirus-response

    Santos, E. (2020). PH eyes ‘massive testing’ of suspected COVID-19 cases by April 14. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/2/philippines-massive-testing-covid-19.html

  • April 4, 2020

    Pinahintulutan na ng Food and Drug Administration ang paggamit ng COVID-19 testing kit na gawa ng mga siyentista ng UP para sa masa (Magsambol, 2020).

    COVID-19 testing kits developed by UP scientists are approved for mass use by the Food and Drug Administration (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3,09414457

    Magsambol, B. (2020). U.P.-developed coronavirus test kits ready for mass use beginning April 4. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256929-up-developed-coronavirus-testing-kits-ready-mass-use-starting-april-4-2020

  • April 6, 2020

    “Tingnan natin.”

    Iniisip ni Pangulong Duterte na pahabain ang enhanced na pangkomunidad ng kuwarantin hanggang Abril 30.

    “Itong COVID na ito, ito talaga ‘yung tunay na at the start sinabi ko sa inyo bantay kayo dito, bantay tayo” 

    Sinabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na binalaan ang mga Pilipino hinggil sa COVID-19. Taliwas ito sa mga nakaraang address mula Enero hanggang Pebrero na nakasaad na ang lahat ay maayos at ang virus ay lilipas, bukod sa iba pang mga pahayag, at pagkaantala sa pagpapatupad ng pagbabawal sa paglalakbay.

    “Tingnan natin.” (Let’s see.)

    President Duterte is eye-ing the extension of the enhanced community quarantine to April 30. 

    “Itong COVID na ito, ito talaga ‘yung tunay na at the start sinabi ko sa inyo bantay kayo dito, bantay tayo” 

    President Rodrigo Duterte states that Filipinos were warned regarding COVID-19. This is in contradiction to previous addresses from January and February stating that everything is well and that the virus will pass, among other statements, and delays in enforcing travel bans.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3,42416373

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte ‘inclined’ to extend Luzon lockdown until April 30. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/257192-duterte-inclined-extend-luzon-lockdown-until-april-30-2020

    Rappler. (2020). FALSE: Duterte warned about coronavirus threat ‘at the start’. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/257369-duterte-warned-coronavirus-threat-at-the-start

  • April 7, 2020

    Ang enhanced community quarantine sa Luzon ay pinahaba hanggang Abril 30 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    Luzon enhanced community quarantine is extended until April 30 (Tomacruz, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    3,76417784

    Tomacruz, S. (2020). Duterte extends Luzon lockdown until April 30. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/256432-duterte-extends-luzon-lockdown-april-30-2020-coronavirus-pandemic

  • April 9, 2020

    Ayon kay Duque, ang Pilipinas ay napakahusay sa pagmonitor sa sitwasyon base sa bilang ng mga kaso kahit na walang mass testing (Magsambol, 2020).

    Duque states that the Philippines is excelling in monitoring the situation based on the number of cases despite the lack of mass testing at the moment (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    4,076203124

    Magsambol, B. (2020). FACT CHECK: Duque claims PH has ‘low’ coronavirus infection. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/257462-fact-check-duque-claims-philippines-low-coronavirus-infection

  • April 13, 2020

    Ang Pilipinas ang nagiging nangungunang bansa sa Timog Silangang Asya sa bilang ng kaso ng COVID-19.

    Nakatakdang magsisimula ang mass testing sa Abril 14, sabi ng DOH (Magsambol, 2020).

    The Philippines becomes the leading country in Southeast Asia in terms of number of COVID-19 cases.  

    Mass testing is set to begin on April 14, as stated by the DOH (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    4,932315242

    Magsambol, B. (2020). PH coronavirus cases jump to 4,932, death toll hits 315. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/257805-coronavirus-cases-philippines-april-13-2020

    Magsambol, B. (2020). Mass testing will cover severe to critical cases, vulnerable population – DOH. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/257831-doh-coronavirus-mass-testing-coverage

  • April 16, 2020

    Si Duque ay tinatawag ng mga senador na magbitiw dahil sa failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency” (Rey, 2020).

    Duque is called to resign by senators due to “failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency” (Rey, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    5,660362435

    Rey, A. (2020). 14 senators call on Duque to resign over ‘failed’ coronavirus response. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258116-resign-senators-tell-duque-failed-coronavirus-response

  • April 17, 2020

    18 sa masikip na Quezon City Jail ay nagpositibo para sa COVID-19 (Talabong, 2020).

    18 at the crowded Quezon City Jail test positive for COVID-19 (Talabong, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    5,878387487

    Talabong, R. (2020). 18 Quezon City jail inmates, personnel test positive for coronavirus. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258219-jail-inmates-personnel-quezon-city-tests-positive-coronavirus

  • April 18, 2020

    Ang mga lokal na yunit ng gobyerno ay binigyan ng kapangyarihan ng IATF upang manguna sa pagtugon sa COVID-19 (Rappler, 2020). 

    Ang nakaraang mga tugon ng LGU, kasama na si Mayor Sotto ng Lungsod ng Pasig, ay pinuna ng pambansang pamahalaan.

    Local government units are given the lead to respond to COVID-19 by the IATF (Rappler, 2020).

    Previous LGU responses, including those of Pasig City Mayor Sotto, were criticized by the national government.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6,087397516

    Rappler. 2020. LGUs will now lead fight vs coronavirus – IATF. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258319-local-governments-lead-philippines-fight-coronavirus-pandemic

  • April 20, 2020

    Idineklara ng pamahalaan ang P246.3 billion para sa tugon sa COVID-19 (Rey, 2020). 

    Nagsimula na ang pag-uusap ng AFP tungkol sa “martial law-like lockdown” subalit wala pang idineklara si Pangulong Duterte (Santos, 2020).

    P246.3 billion savings is declared by the national government for COVID-19 response (Rey, 2020). 

    Conversations regarding a “martial law-like lockdown” have been started among AFP. However, President Duterte has not declared anything (Santos, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6,459428613

    Rey, A. (2020). Duterte declares P246.28 billion savings for coronavirus measures. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258526-duterte-savings-coronavirus-measures-april-20-2020

    Santos, D. (2020). AFP confirms leaked memo on preps for ‘martial law-like’ lockdown legit. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/19/afp-leaked-memo-preps-lockdown.html

  • April 22, 2020

    Si Winston Ragos, isang dating sundalo ng Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas o Philippine Army ay nabaril at napatay dahil sa sinasabing paglabag sa patakaran ng kuwarantena o quarantine.

    Ang pulis ng Quezon City ay hinaharap ng kaso para sa pagpatay ng tao o homicide charges (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    Winston Ragos, a former soldier of the Philippine Army, is shot dead for allegedly violating quarantine. 

    Quezon City cop is faced with homicide charges (CNN Philippines Staff, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    6,710446693

    CNN Philippines Staff. (2020). Cop faces homicide raps for fatally shooting Army veteran in checkpoint. CNN Philippines. Retrieved from https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/4/24/Winston-Ragos-shooting-police-Daniel-Florendo-case.html

  • April 24, 2020

    Ang enhanced community quarantine sa Luzon ay pinahaba hanggang Mayo 15 (Ranada, 2020).

    Luzon enhanced community quarantine is extended until May 15 (Ranada, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    7,192477762

    Ranada, P. (2020). Metro Manila, other ‘high-risk’ Luzon areas to remain on lockdown. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/258496-metro-manila-calabarzon-bulacan-to-remain-on-lockdown

  • April 28, 2020

    Inaresto ang isang fish vendor mula sa Lungsod ng Quezon dahil sa “hindi pagtupad ng pagsusuot ng face mask at pagdala ng quarantine pass” (Talabong, 2020). Iniuulat ng mga saksi na binubugbog ang lalaki ng mga pulis. Nagsimula ang mga imbestigasyon sa insidente.

    A fish vendor from Quezon City was apprehended “failing to wear a face mask and bringing a quarantine pass” (Talabong, 2020). Witnesses report the man being mauled by police. Investigations have begun on the incident.

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    7,958530975

    Talabong, R. (2020). QC officials maul, drag fish vendor for not wearing face mask. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259289-quezon-city-officials-maul-drag-fish-vendor-not-wearing-face-mask

  • April 29, 2020

    Ayon sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan (Department of Health), maaaring hindi maabot ang inaasahang 8,000 na bilang ng testing para sa COVID-19 kada araw pagdating ng Abril 30 (Magsambol, 2020).

    According to the Department of Health, testing for COVID-19 might not reach the targeted 8,000 per day by April 30 (Magsambol, 2020).

    PH CASESPH DEATHSPH RECOVERIES
    8,2125581,023

    Magsambol, B. (2020). DOH: PH may miss April 30 target of 8,000 coronavirus tests per day. Rappler. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/259372-doh-says-philippines-may-not-reach-target-number-daily-coronavirus-tests-by-april-30-2020