Metro Manila stays under GCQ until August 15

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, it will remain under the general community quarantine (GCQ) until August 15, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced in a televised address on Friday, July 31 or a day before the updated classifications for the country will take effect.

Metro Manila stays under GCQ until August 15
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) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on Thursday, July 30. Photo Credit: PCOO

Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) extending GCQ in the metropolis. Metro Manila mayors also expressed support to this call considering the balance between health and economy.

Duterte also announced that the government has loosened the restriction in Cebu City placing it under GCQ starting August 1.

Other areas under GCQ are Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal for Luzon; Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion for the Visayas; and Zamboanga City for Mindanao.

The rest of the country is under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until August 15. Minimum health standards such as wearing of mask and face shield, frequent hand washing and social distancing shall be strictly implemented in these areas.

Kumusta Po Mahal Kong Kababayan? | President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Meeting on COVID-19 Concerns and Talk to the People on COVID-19 Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte provides updates on the latest quarantine status that will be applied in Metro Manila and in various localities, as well as in areas with substantial number of reported Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, for the period of August 1 to 15, 2020.
The President also tackles various recommendations submitted by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) such as enforcing massive and intensified testing, and shares the government’s anticipation to procure vaccines for COVID-19 before the end of the year or once these become available in the market.
Talking to his kababayans, he calls for everyone’s cooperation to revive the country’s economy amid the ongoing health crisis brought by the pandemic, and urges them to maintain the minimum health standards and other safety protocols laid out by the IATF-EID.
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Thursday, July 30, 2020

For NCR and Region IV-A to maintain their GCQ classification, the National Task Force, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic Teams will implement in areas with high community transmission a strictly localized lockdown/ ECQ in barangays where 80% of cases are located and the publication of these barangays.

Also part of the measures are stringent enforcement of minimum health standards; massive targeted testing, intensified tracing, and quarantine of close contacts; isolation of confirmed cases; and strict adherence to Oplan Kalinga implementation.

Meanwhile, government hospitals in NCR and Region 1V-A are directed to increase their hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 up to 30-50% while private hospitals are enjoined to increase their hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 up to 20-30%.

Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, also the NTF Treatment Czar, is directed to monitor the compliance of hospitals in these areas and to the One Hospital Command System in NCR, Region III, and Region IV-A.

Finally, the local government units (LGUs) are directed to submit daily updates and weekly comprehensive reports containing daily trend of active cases, number and percent of population; cases in community isolation facility vs. health facility vs home for priority areas or barangays under localized lockdown.

Included metrices to be submitted by LGUs are percent of close contacts traced and percent of contacts in quarantine; number of utilization of community isolation beds; met health system capacity targets utilization; and COVID Special Teams investigations and results.

The Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday, July 30, that the nationwide COVID-19 total was at 89,374 after a record-breaking 3,954 new confirmed cases. Most of the cases were logged in NCR and Cebu province, 1,703 and 958, respectively. The health department also announced 38,075 recoveries based on time-based tagging methodology.

READ: Philippines reports 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, 38k recoveries

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