DILG debunks 'Metro Manila to revert to ECQ' claim

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has debunked circulating social media message that Metro Manila will be reverted to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on June 16.
DILG debunks Metro Manila to revert to ECQ claim

Interior Secretary and National Task Force Against COVID-19 vice chairperson Eduardo Año said the public should not believe to the claim showing a resolution for classification of areas under high risk, moderate risk and low risk.

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire also quashed the claims as President Rodrigo Duterte is set to decide on the fate of the community quarantine nationwide on Monday, June 15.

"Wala po ho tayong nailalabas na IATF recommendation ukol sa ating June 15 na decision. So lahat po ng lumalabas sa ngayon wala pa ho 'yang basehan," she said at the Laging Handa virtual presser.

Earlier, Año said the national capital region, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, will most likely still be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after June 15.

The DILG chief said that NCR continue to add up fresh coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. He feared that easing the quarantine protocols may cause a resurgence of more infections.

“Para sa akin 50/50 pero mas lamang magreremain sa GCQ," he said.

The decision day on Monday coincides with the expiration of previously approved general community quarantine in Metro Manila, Davao City, Regions 2, 3,4-A, Pangasinan, Albay and Mandaue City.

READ: Duterte to decide on community quarantine on June 15

President’s spokesman Harry Roque also expressed doubt that Metro Manila and Cebu City will transition to a more relaxed modified GCQ.

Duterte will meet the members of the IATF prior to his public address.

As of Sunday, the Philippines recorded 25,930 cases, with 1,088 deaths and 5,954 recoveries.

— The Summit Express

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