LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation July 15 on ECQ, GCQ fate

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation on Wednesday evening, July 15, to announce new community quarantine classifications to slow down the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation July 15 on ECQ, GCQ fate
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Photo Credit: PCOO

This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel Wednesday morning.

Roque added that four cities and one province appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on their quarantine status.

He confirmed that some areas will return to general community quarantine (GCQ) from modified GCQ.

UPDATE: Metro Manila remains under GCQ until July 31

“There are areas that will go back to stricter quarantine measures. But by and large, the Philippines will be under MGCQ, overwhelmingly,” he said hinting decision for July 16 to 31 quarantine classifications.

LIVESTREAM: President Rodrigo Duterte's address (July 15, 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 announces the updated community quarantine classifications in cities and provinces across the country during his meeting on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and the government’s efforts in mitigating the effects of the health crisis.

The new quarantine status takes effect from July 16 to 31, 2020.

Together with the medical doctors and health workers, President Duterte appeals to his ‘kababayans’ for their part in controlling the spread of the virus by consistently practicing minimum health standards such as social distancing, wearing of face masks and other necessary protective measures.

Joining President Duterte in the meeting are several Cabinet Secretaries and health experts namely, Dr. Anthony Leachon (President, Manila Doctors Hospital Medical Staff Association); Dr. Camilo Roa, Jr. (Pulmonary Medicine, Manila Doctors Hospital); Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana (National Institute of Health, University of the Philippines [UP] and COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group [TAG] Consultant and Member); Dr. Marissa Alejandria (COVID-19 TAG Member); Assistant Professor Ranjit Singh Rye, MPA (UP - Department of Political Science and OCTA Research Fellow); Professor Fredegusto Guido David, Ph.D. (UP - Institute of Mathematics and OCTA Research Fellow); Professor Michael Tee, MD, MHPED, MBA (UP - College of Medicine and Chair of Philippine One Health University Network); and Dr. Aguedo Troy Gepte IV (Public Health Epidemiologist).

Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Areas with recorded increase in severe and critical cases of COVID-19 over the past few days might have stricter restrictions, COVID-19 task force chief implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

"May mga areas po na mag-escalate considering na nakita po natin na tumataas po ang ating mga severe at critical cases, at the same time yung new cases tumataas din po," he said.

For Metro Manila, transitioning to a more relaxed quarantine is unlikely as this point. Mayors of the capital region are recommending to maintain the GCQ scheme.

Cebu City is currently under the strictest category, enhanced community quarantine, after the authorities reported a spike in COVID-19 infections. Meanwhile, most areas of the country were placed under the most relaxed MGCQ.

As of July 15, the Philippines has logged 58,850 cases of novel coronavirus along with a death toll 1,614 and 20,976 total recoveries.

Earlier, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the country's infection curve was ‘bent’ and not ‘flattened’ since April.

— The Summit Express

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