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LOOK: Luzon lockdown brings once buzzing Bay City to a standstill

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 12:38 AM | Updated as of Apr 08 2020 08:15 AM

In a bid to prevent another spike of COVID-19 cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte announced he was extending the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon until the end of April.

Originally slated to end on April 12, the extension seeks to “flatten the curve” of the virus, which has seen more than 3,700 cases and caused 177 deaths against 84 recoveries nationwide.

While this is a step in the right direction from a medical perspective, the same cannot be said from an economic standpoint. 

Prior to the announcement, the Asian Development Bank said the pandemic will “substantially” slow down the country’s economy, with the risk of recession

Indeed, the tourism industry is already reeling from the pandemic with a number of airlines already cancelling all flights for the duration of the lockdown. This is seen to affect areas that rely mainly on tourists such as the Bay City in Metro Manila.

Housing several entertainment centers, casinos, malls, hotels, and offices, the Bay City is usually bustling with activity 24/7.

On Tuesday, however, it was an entirely different sight. The usual gridlock of vehicles was gone, as were people hurrying to their destination save for a few who were forced to walk or bike due to the lack of public transportation.

With the threat of the virus widening its reach, it seems that empty roads in the blossoming central business district will be the new normal, at least until the lockdown is lifted. 

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The near empty streets of Bay City amid the extended Luzon lockdown. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News