A false claim says the government will impose a nationwide ECQ from December 23, 2020, until January 23, 2021, to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays. This rumor has been circulating via text messages and on online messaging apps since the first week of December.
This is false because government officials have refuted the claim. As of Monday, December 7, the government has not announced a nationwide lockdown during the holidays.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismissed the claim and called it “fake news.” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also urged the public to “act responsibly” by not spreading false information during the pandemic.
In a message to reporters, NTF spokesperson Restituto Padilla Jr also denied the rumor. “Everyone is strongly advised not to believe news or information coming from unverified sources. Please ensure you verify or ask authorities or trusted organizations about the veracity of such information before believing and passing it around. Let us not be instruments of fake news distribution and help our fellow kababayans (countrymen),” he said.
The Philippine News Agency also refuted the rumor on Sunday, December 6, in a Facebook post.
President Rodrigo earlier placed Metro Manila, Davao City, and 6 other areas in the country under general community quarantine until the end of 2020. GCQ is the second most-relaxed lockdown status.
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