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    Duterte to decide ECQ fate on May 11

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to decide on Monday, May 11, whether to extend or relax the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed in Metro Manila and other COVID-19 high-risk areas.

    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) | Photo Credit: PCOO

    "On Monday, we expect the president's approval on what will happen to us on May 16," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said at a televised press briefing on Saturday.

    UPDATEIn his taped address on Tuesday, Duterte did not announce the specific areas which will be put in certain quarantine measures, but said some may be allowed to move and work while others to remain in lockdown.

    LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation May 12 on ECQ fate

    The ECQ, which was extended twice, is supposed to end on May 15. Aside from Metro Manila, under validation are areas of Central Luzon except Aurora province, CALABARZON, Pangasinan, Benguet, Albay, Iloilo including Iloilo City, Cebu including Cebu City, Bacolod City, Zamboanga City, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte and Davao City.

    The decision will be announced after Duterte's meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

    Roque added some parts of the National Capital Region maybe placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) where some restrictions in movement will be eased.

    Interior Secretary Eduardo Año cited San Juan and Valenzuela as possible candidates for GCQ for their effective response to coronavirus pandemic.

    READ: ECQ extension or GCQ: List of areas post-May 15 fate

    On Saturday, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) announced three scenarios post May 15. The recommendations will be submitted to the Task Force.

    Under the ECQ, protocols and restrictions in the movement of people are in place, there are no public transportation, businesses are closed except for essential services like healthcare facilities, food establishments, financial institutions, among others.

    While under the GCQ, certain sectors will be allowed to operate and have their employees go out and work in phases, there will be restricted opening of malls covering non-leisure shops, some public transport will be allowed to operate at reduced capacities, and priority and essential construction projects will resume.

    GCQ also mandates that those who are 0 to 20 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, and those who are at high risk of getting the disease will have to remain at home.

    As of Sunday, the country has reported 10,794 COVID-19 cases, including 1,924 recoveries and 719 fatalities.

    — The Summit Express

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