The Duterte regime imposed stricter lockdown measures (enhanced community quarantine) in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal from March 29 to April 29. This was after the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 reached 10,000. The Department of Health (DOH) announced on April 1 that the 72% of the total number of cases in the country were recorded in the said areas.
The DOH also reported that the occupancy rate of intensive care unit beds (631 out of 804) in the area is already at 79%; 69% for isolation beds (3,143 out of 4,526); and 61% for ward beds (2,180 out of 3,439). A third of the total number of hospitals in the National Capital Region (50 out of 152) are already under critical status, half of which are about to reach their full capacity, while the other half already reached their full capacity. This includes the Philippine Orthopedic Center (75% occupancy rate) where 117 out of 180 health workers were reportedly infected with Covid-19.
On April 4, new daily infections peaked at 12,576, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 165,715.