LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation May 28 on ECQ, MECQ fate

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will address the nation on Thursday night, May 28, to decide on community quarantine imposed in Metro Manila and several high-risk areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government’s efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Photo Credit: PCOO

"PRRD will announce tonight," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said without confirmation whether the NCR will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

LIVESTREAM: President Rodrigo Duterte's address (May 28, 2020)

Kumusta Po Mahal Kong Kababayan? | President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Meeting on COVID-19 Concerns and Talk to the People on COVID-19
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the Filipino people after presiding over a meeting with several Cabinet Secretaries on COVID-19 concerns at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 28, 2020.

The President announces new quarantine measures to take place after May 31, 2020 as the country braces for the new normal. He also provides new directives on the opening of classes in August 2020 and different modes of learning to explore through blended and distance learning, as well as assistance to the repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and local businesses affected by the pandemic.

President Duterte reiterates the government strict quarantine protocols and urges everyone to follow minimum health standards such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands, wearing of face masks and practicing proper hygiene.

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Thursday, May 28, 2020

UPDATEDuterte puts NCR under GCQ from June 1 to 15

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Thursday, May 28, that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases recommended for GCQ shift of the central region from June 1 to 15.

SEE ALSO: Extend MECQ, ECQ or GCQ: List of areas post-May 31 fate

"Maybe by June 15, there will be new declarations, but now this is what we have decided," Año said.

On Tuesday, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said all 17 mayors of NCR agreed to ease restrictions in consideration of the economy.

“Nakikita ng mayors natin na kailangan nang tumakbo ng ekonomiya natin. Kailangan natin buksan ang ekonomiya kasi mas maraming mamamatay sa gutom eh,” Garcia said.

If GCQ proposal in Metro Manila will be approved by Duterte, mass transportation will still be limited as they want the jeepneys not to operate and buses are recommended to operate at 50% capacity only.

Enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the most stringent quarantine, is currently imposed in Cebu and Mandaue cities.

Aside from Metro Manila, Laguna, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, and Angeles City have been placed under modified ECQ.

The rest of the areas in the country are currently under GCQ.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has reported 539 new cases bringing the total COVID-19 cases to 15,588. This includes 3,598 recoveries and 921 fatalities.

JUST IN: As of 4PM today, May 28, 2020, the Department of Health reports 539 new cases (PH15410-PH15588) of...
Posted by The Summit Express on Thursday, May 28, 2020

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