The president has downgraded the quarantine classification in Cebu City to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
In a taped public address aired on state-run PTV-4 on Friday morning, Duterte also announced his decision to retain the GCQ status in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak, due to the unabated spike in infections in the metropolis.
As of June 30, Metro Manila has recorded 48,389 Covid-19 cases, with 34,489 recoveries and 1,013 deaths, according to the Department of Health’s Covid-19 tracker.
Duterte’s latest decision came despite Malacañang’s repeated warnings that Metro Manila could be once again placed under MECQ, which is second to the most stringent community quarantine if the situation worsens.
Duterte said the rest of the country would be placed under modified GCQ until August 15.
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Roque said “strict” localized lockdowns would be implemented in villages in Metro Manila and Calabarzon that have “80 percent” of Covid-19 cases.
He said there would also be stringent enforcement of minimum health standards, such as strict social distancing, washing of hands, and use of face masks, and massive targeted testing, intensified tracing, quarantine of close contacts, and isolation of confirmed cases would likewise be pursued.
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