(July 16, 2020) – President Rodrigo Duterte has kept the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the capital region for the next two weeks despite soaring coronavirus cases but warned he may impose a stricter lockdown if the transmission remains unabated, a government spokesman said late on Wednesday.
Harry Roque said the popular leader has initially approved the return of a stricter lockdown in the capital region, or the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), based on an edited delayed national broadcast before midnight.
But the heads of the National Task Force (NTF) had appealed the decision.
“Nangako ang mga mayor sa Metro Manila na paiigtingin ang localized lockdown, palakasin ang testing, tracing, at treatment,” Roque said.
Roque, a spokesman for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), said the president conceded but only for two weeks.
“Malinaw na ‘pag di napabagal ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa Metro Manila, posibleng bumalik ang MECQ sa susunod na dalawang linggo,” he said.
Members of the University of the Philippines OCTA Research Team had presented two options for Metro Manila: maintain GCQ, or return to MECQ.
“MECQ will work in NCR, it has worked before, it will work even better now,” Ranjit Rye, a UP professor said.
But he acknowledged the need to restart the economy, so they did not offer it as the first option.
The primary option was GCQ with continued testing, isolation, and treatment.
“We feel the impact, it will take a little longer to control it, but we will be able to control it,” Rye said for GCQ.
On Wednesday, COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 58,850 after the Department of Health reported 1,392 new infections. But, only 36,260 of these are considered to be active cases as nearly 21,000 have recovered and 1,600 have died.
Metro Manila remains the top region with regards to total number of cases at 29,015. At least 7,000 of these occurred in the last 14 days.
While Cebu is the top city for most infections at 6,292. More than a thousand happened in the last 2 weeks.
Here are the new quarantine classifications announced for July 16
MODIFIED ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (MECQ)
GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (GCQ)
Metro Manila, the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal in southern Tagalog region;
the cities of Lapu Lapu, Mandaue, Talisay, Minglanilla, and Concepcion in Cebu province;
Ormoc City in Leyte province;
Southern Leyte in Eastern Visayas region;
cities of Zamboanga and Butuan in Mindanao;
and the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Basilan in Mindanao.
MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (MGCQ) – MEDIUM RISK
In the Cordillera region: Benguet, Baguio City;
in Region I: Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Dagupan City;
in Region II: Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya;
in Region III: Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Zambales, Angeles City;
in Region IV-A: Batangas, Quezon, Lucena City;
in Region IV-B: Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa City;
in Region V: Albay, Masbate, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Naga City;
in Region VI: Iloilo Province, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique, Aklan, Guimaras, Iloilo City, Bacolod City;
in Region VII: Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu Province;
in Region VIII: Western Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Tacloban City;
in Region IX: Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte;
in Region X: Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City;
in Region XI: Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao City;
in Region XII: Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, South Cotabato, General Santos City;
in Region XIII: Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur
and in BARMM: Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao
MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (MGCQ) – LOW RISK
Rest of the country
(Katrina Elaine Alba/MM)
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