More than 75,000 individuals arrested for curfew violations – officials

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) — Authorities apprehended and arrested over 75,000 individuals for violating curfew hours in the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine as of April 3.

According to the April 6 report of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee, 75,750 curfew violators were apprehended by the Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield.

The task force is composed of 38,870 personnel from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

There are also 7,063 public utility vehicle drivers who have been apprehended and arrested for violating the rule of social distancing.

The implementation of curfew hours is listed in the report as a “measure for the protection of the welfare of citizens.”

President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday night that the Philippine government is inclined to extend the Luzon lockdown until April 30.

The Health Department reported 414 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease in the country Monday, raising the total number to at 3,660. The Philippines now has 163 fatalities, and 73 recoveries.

Authorities call on the public to practice good hygiene to help stop the spread of the viral disease. They urge everyone to regularly wash hands, cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who exhibit virus symptoms.