The continuous rise of Covid cases in the Philippines has terrorized Filipinos. With its numbers far from dwindling, the Department of Health (DOH) on March 30 recommended that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) be extended for another week.
But with ECQ potentially being extended, some netizens are not happy about it.
Content creator Marvin Fojas shared his feelings after the DOH opened the possibility of extending ECQ. Fojas wanted this year to end—for some reason—wished that it’s already 2022.
The election is just a year away. Is this what Fojas is aiming for?
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 2022. pic.twitter.com/sGQvP5fLNY
— Marvin Fojas (@marvsfojas) March 31, 2021
But the comedian is not the only one feeling the same thing. Most netizens also felt that an election is needed to replace the ones handling this crisis.
A netizen likewise agreed with Fojas, wishing that it’s already 2022, as this year is likened to be a repeat of last year’s pandemic situation.
Fast forward na sa 2022 https://t.co/vdkeFeylw0
— 𝓟𝓪𝓶𝓮𝓵𝓪 (@pmlrrql) March 31, 2021
With another ECQ being implemented, and it being extended, a netizen is fed up with this déjà vu.
— kate (@katedaphnedizon) March 31, 2021
Most netizens were vexed by the situation not progressing. In fact, netizens are used to this pandemic cycle.
Masasanay ka nalang talaga pag paulit ulit na
— akmendoza (@kikotzzz) March 31, 2021
Another netizen took a swipe at Pres. Duterte who recently celebrated his 76th birthday. The exasperated netizen criticized the President for not offering concrete solutions to the pandemic.
umay, happy birthday who? https://t.co/3VnC4AcRe9
— ً (@kristeIcarolino) March 31, 2021
With the government implementing the same strategy even if the virus has mutated, a netizen criticized its plan. According to the netizen, lockdowns are useless if the administration will not offer solutions to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Furthermore, the netizen stressed that the country will just return from scratch unless the government will do something about the pandemic.
Walang kwenta ang pagla-lockdown kung walang kongkretong plano at clowns pa rin ang mga nakaupo sa pwesto. Uulit lang nang uulit hanggang sa tayo na kusang papatay sa sarili natin dahil sa pagod, physically and mentally.
— Ar.Orissa (@gagoghsince2000) March 31, 2021
Now that the DOH is recommending another week of ECQ, a netizen conceptualized that the lockdown will eventually cancel the 2022 elections.
Sabi na hanggang ber months eh! Tas season 3 sa 2022 hanggang sa macancel ang Halalan 2022!!!!
— abi | #MigrateWhen (@genevieabi) March 31, 2021
A netizen, who is also disappointed with the Duterte administration condemned its incompetence. The netizen wrote, “Everything is not alright. ‘Pag si Duterte ang nakaupo.”
Everything is not alright
Pag si Duterte ang nakaupo
— Taylor’s Dex (@back2dex) March 31, 2021
As of this writing, the Philippines has come atop the list of countries with the most number of cases in Southeast Asia.
A data accumulated last March 14, the think tank IBON Foundation presented a graph of countries in Southeast Asia regarding Covid-19 cases.
While most 9 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have shown a great reduction in the number of positive cases, the Philippines and Cambodia have failed to cut their numbers down. However, Cambodia had a steady trend from February to March while the Philippines went uphill.
The World Health Organization Western Pacific on March 16, tallied that the Philippines had the highest new infections in 24 hours with 5,395 cases. Also, the country is highest in the total number of cases with 626,893 on record.
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