May 23, 2020 – The government’s national task force implementing an action plan to address the coronavirus pandemic has raised the possibility of further easing curbs on movement by the end of the month to allow the re-opening of the country.
The possible shift to a general community quarantine from a modified enhanced community quarantine was planned after a 76-day lockdown, one of the strictest in the world, even as the health department reported on Saturday 180 new cases of infection.
The Philippines has a total of the total 13,777 confirmed coronavirus. This is the second straight day that the daily rise in cases was less than 200.
More than half of the new cases tallied were from Metro Manila at 114. There are now 9,737 active cases.
Six new deaths were also reported bringing the tally to 863. A total to 3,177 infected persons have recovered after 85 people got well.
The health department’s data was based on real-time information due to huge backlog. The data was three to four days old.
METRO MANILA IN GCQ
With the second day of new daily cases at less than 200, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana raised the possibility of shifting Metro Manila to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) next month.
The National Capital Region has been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) since May 16 until the end of the month.
Lorenzana told News5 Metro Manila would be ready for eased quarantine restrictions as the rise of new cases have slowed down.
However, the DOH tracker showed that 61% of the 9,737 active cases in the country are located in the capital.
The Department of Health previously stated that the country is still experiencing a first wave of infections, refuting an earlier statement by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III that the country is now having a second wave.
Eighteen more Filipino workers overseas have been infected by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 2522, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
At least 14 people have recovered, bringing the total to 878. Four fatalities were also reported in the Americas and Europe.
Overall, Europe has the highest number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) confirmed to have the virus at 785. But the Middle East and Africa regions carry the most active cases at 567.
Globally, there are 4,995,996 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 327,821 are dead. The United States has recorded the highest number of cases at 1.5-million, followed by Russia and Brazil.
(Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)
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