President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered Philippine village chiefs to restrain the movement of unvaccinated individuals and only allow them to go outside their homes for essential activities.

“I’m now giving orders to the barangay captains to look for those persons who are not vaccinated and just would request them or order them, if you may, to stay put,” Duterte said in his “Talk to the People” address.

“If he refuses, he goes out of the house and goes around in the community or maybe wherever magpunta, he can be restrained,” he added.

Duterte gave the order after noting that the country’s new cases tripled over two days.

“From around 5,400 new cases on Jan. 4, it went to more than 17,200 by Jan. 6. More than tripled in just a period of two days. That is how the problem is galloping in our community, in our country and in the world,” Duterte said.

The country on Jan. 6 also posted an all-time-high 36.9 percent positivity rate while testing 59,847 individuals.

The Commission on Human Rights recently said that it was justifiable to restrict the rights of persons amid the pandemic, but stressed that unvaccinated individuals should be allowed to access essential services.

“We continue to encourage and emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19 as a step to restore full enjoyment of our rights, most especially the protection of our right to health. While we remind that it is the government’s obligation to respect, protect, and fulfil our human rights, individually, we also have to do our part in promoting the common good, including collectively ending the pandemic,” Jacqueline de Guia, spokeswoman of the commission, said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro