Metro Manila's Streets, Markets Crowded Despite Quarantine

Gentle reminder: The ECQ has not been lifted.

(SPOT.ph) The enhanced community quarantine was meant to be lifted on April 13—that is, until it was extended to April 30; a fact Metro Manila folk appear to be having a difficult time dealing with. Cabin fever is officially setting in. Reports of more and more people going out have been popping up in the past week, prompting authorities to crack down and implement stricter regulations on violators. Drivers of private vehicles carrying people who have no real business being out, for one, can now be issued tickets. The scene in Manila's Blumentritt Market has also quieted down.

"Habang tumatagal ang [enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)], human nature po na isipin na nagiging okay na lahat. Natural na maging kampante," said cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles in a press briefing on April 16. "Nguni’t habang may mga kababayan tayo na nahahawa at namamatay dahil sa sakit na ito—habang may mga medical health workers na nagbubuwis ng buhay para labanan ang outbreak na ito—hindi tayo pwede maging kampante," he added.

If you need a reminder of how Philippine streets shouldn't look at this time, we round up a few scenes from the past week. From cars piling up along the South Luzon Expressway and EDSA, to public markets—even one in Cebu City it seems—filling up with people, it seems there needs to be a better understanding of why the quarantine was ordered in the first place.

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Let's hope all these cars have a valid reason.

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The scene at what looks to be Cebu City's Carbon Market.

Holy Week was different this year.

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Lines at checkpoints feel unnecessarily long.

We haven't either.

Back to normal?

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Hopefully this doesn't happen again.

But, why?

Yikes.

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Try doing some risk assessment, people.

Main image by Jerome Ascano

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