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    Duterte: Modified community quarantine coming soon

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said guidelines on modified community quarantine will come out soon.

    "We might open partially. Lalabas na yung modified quarantine," Duterte said in a televised address to the nation on Monday, April 27 after convening the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

    President Rodrigo Duterte's address to the nation on Monday, April 27.
    President Rodrigo Duterte's address to the nation on Monday, April 27.

    Social distancing, as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), will be observed in select sectors that will re-open.

    "We will allow sectors na hindi talaga nagdidikit-dikitan. Modified kasi kung magsiksikan kayo sa LRT na naman, wala nang katapusan problema natin."


    Further details of the "modified community quarantine" are not yet available but expected to be implemented in high-risk areas like Metro Manila, Central Luzon and CALABARZON, which are currently under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

    The modification or less stringent measures could be a way to sustain economic flow amid the pandemic.

    The IATF-MEID on Thursday recommended to maintain ECQ in high-risk areas up to May 15, subject to further evaluation.

    READ: Duterte extends ECQ in NCR, Regions 3 and 4A, other 'high-risk' areas until May 15

    Moderate-risk areas meanwhile will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 1, also subject to further evaluation. Low-risk areas will fall under general community quarantine starting May 1, and if there is no deterioration, GCQ will be relaxed leading to normalization starting May 16.

    As of Monday, the country has recorded 7,777 cases of COVID-19, with the number of those surviving from the disease reaching 932, outnumbering the 511 reported deaths.

    — The Summit Express

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