Duterte extends GCQ over Metro Manila; Cebu City remains under MECQ

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With the continuous rise of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has once again extended the general community quarantine (GCQ) over Metro Manila until July 31.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Wednesday night that the President “agreed” to keep Metro Manila under GCQ after a “lengthy discussion” with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and experts from the University of the Philippines.

Roque said UP researchers had recommended a return to MECQ but said that presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the national strategy against COVID-19, had urged that GCQ be retained instead.

“So the President agreed not to put Metro Manila again under MECQ for the next two weeks,” Roque said in Filipino. “But it was clear from the discussion that the spread of COVID in Metro Manila has not slowed down. It’s possible that it would return to MECQ after two weeks.”

“The only city that will remain under MECQ is the city of Cebu,” Roque added.

 

The following areas will stay under GCQ for two more weeks:

  • National Capital Region
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Mandaue City
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Ormoc City
  • Southern Leyte
  • Zamboanga City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Basilan

 

The following are designated as modified GCQ, medium risk:

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Benguet
  • Baguio City

 

Ilocos Region

  • Ilocos Sur
  • Pangasinan
  • Ilocos Norte
  • La Union
  • Dagupan City

 

Cagayan Valley

  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya

 

Central Luzon

  • Bataan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Angeles City

 

Calabarzon

  • Batangas
  • Quezon
  • Lucena City

 

Mimaropa

  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Puerto Princesa City

 

Bicol Region

  • Albay
  • Masbate
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Sorsogon
  • Naga City

 

Western Visayas

  • Iloilo
  • Negros Occidental
  • Capiz, Antique
  • Aklan
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo City
  • Bacolod City

 

Central Visayas

  • Negros Oriental
  • Bohol
  • Cebu Province

 

Eastern Visayas

  • Western Samar
  • Leyte
  • Biliran
  • Tacloban City

 

Zamboanga Peninsula

  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga del Norte

 

Northern Mindanao

  • Misamis Occidental
  • Bukidnon
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Iligan City

 

Davao Region

  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao City

 

Soccskargen

  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • General Santos City

 

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

  • Lanao del Sur
  • Maguindanao

 

Other areas not mentioned are under low-risk MGCQ, Roque said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque earlier Wednesday afternoon said that the country had “successfully flattened the curve since April,” which draw flak. He later clarified that this was based on longer case doubling time.

The country’s case doubling time—or the time it takes for new cases to increase two-fold—is now between 8 to 12 days, way better from the 2.5 days during the initial phase of the pandemic.

Duque also cited the improved mortality doubling time, which he said was now under the “moderate risk” classification.

Classes, on the other hand, will still open on August 24, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said, suggesting that local governments could shoulder the weight of distributing learning resources to students’ homes.

 

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As of Wednesday, the health department announced that the country has 58,850 total confirmed cases for COVID-19, with 36,260 active cases, 1,614 deaths, and 20,970 recoveries. Furthermore, the Philippines is still enduring the longest quarantine in the world.

Worldwide, COVID-19 has now infected over 13.5 million. Some 583,000 have died as a result.

 

—(Source: Philstar, Inquirer)

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