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  • Grim Reapers, Coffins Pop Up In Metro Manila's Streets As A Warning To Stay At Home

    This will be your fate if you continue to violate the rules of the enhanced community quarantine.
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • How would you react when you see this coffin while walking down the street?
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    There are 10 days to go before the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is (hopefully!) lifted, but it seems there is still a large number of quarantine violators in the metro, including motorists who try to sneak past checkpoints and go to neighboring cities, as well as residents who engage in activities outside of their homes. But trust Pinoys to find a creative solution to get people to stay at home!

    Summit Media photographer Jerome Ascano spotted coffins and a grim reaper around Manila, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Parañaque City as a warning for people to stay at home during the ECQ. While it might look and sound morbid, it sends a clear message: the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can affect anyone and everyone, so you should do your part to curb the spread of the virus and refrain from going outdoors. Have a look:

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    In Manila, a cyclist cannot help but glance at this white coffin placed in the middle of the street. The sign reads, “Please stay at home… or stay inside this coffin.”
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    In Mandaluyong, the Grim Reaper or Kamatayan warns residents: “Stay at home or stay with me?” This sends chills down our spine — we definitely do not want to see this terrifying sight at night!
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    In Quezon City, a white coffin is placed near the palengke with a sign that reads: “COVID-19 pasok ang mga matitigas ang ulo.” Another banner features Kamatayan with his mask on, saying, “Magsuot ng face mask para ‘di magkasakit at mamatay.”
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    In Parañaque, this coffin is peppered with signages that drive the point home that YOU can be lying inside if you continue to be pasaway.
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    There’s even a placeholder for your portrait! As the saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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    As of this writing, there are 6,459 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines with 613 recovered patients and 428 deaths. (For the latest COVID-19 cases, check out our reportr COVID-19 case tracker.) While having COVID-19 is not a death sentence, it is better not to risk your health. Avoid being part of the statistic and stay indoors as much as you can!

    Starting April 15, PhilHealth will no longer be able to shoulder the full cost of treatment for COVID-19 patients. Click here for their updated coverage. 

    For the latest news and updates on COVID-19, check out reportr.world/covid-19.

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