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    Metro Manila, other areas to revert to MECQ on August 1?

    MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila may revert to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) by August 1, Malacañang Palace warned on Friday as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to rise.
    Metro Manila, other areas to revert to MECQ on August 1?

    UPDATE: Duterte puts Metro Manila, nearby areas under MECQ starting August 4

    “Well, the quarantine pass may return and we will have a reduction in transportation. In fact under MECQ, there will be no public transportation so people will stay at home. Only a few industries will also be allowed to operate,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in an interview on GMA-7’s Unang Hirit.

    Metro Manila, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, is currently under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

    Roque said Wednesday the return to MECQ of the national capital region and other areas may happen if the number of COVID-19 cases in the country meet the projection of the University of the Philippines (UP) – 85,000 cases by the end of July.

    UPDATEMetro Manila stays under GCQ until August 15

    “That’s a distinct possibility, although it’s a possibility that I wish would not happen,” Roque said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

    The Department of Health (DOH) announced Saturday, July 25, that the nationwide COVID total was at 78,412 after 2,019 new confirmed cases were reported today. Most of the cases were logged in NCR and Cebu province, 1,115 and 479, respectively.

    Roque said the case doubling rate in Metro Manila is at 7 to 8 days, a rate still within the GCQ requirement. He added that health care system for critical cases has improved to “moderate level” from the previous danger zone.

    “If the case doubling rate reaches seven days or more, the area will stay under GCQ. But if the rate doubles within a week, it’s possible to shift to MECQ,” he said.

    On July 15, Palace revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte almost considered the option of returning NCR under the MECQ, given the data on critical factors and the number of cases.

    “Ngunit kung wala nga pong pagbabago sa numero at magiging pabaya ang mga tao, posibleng bumalik po ang Metro Manila sa MECQ,” stressed Roque.

    Aside from the NCR, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Lapu Lapu City, Mandaue City, Consolacion City, Minglanilla (Cebu), Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga City, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Basilan are presently under GCQ.

    Only Cebu City is currently under MECQ.

    President Duterte is expected to announce the new quarantine classifications on July 31.

    — The Summit Express

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    1. The data from the DOH shows the total number of cases including the active, recoveries and deaths. And the recent advisory was the NCR will go back to MeCq once it reach 85,000 bybthe end of July 2020.
      I just wondering why they still including the recoveries and deaths patients in a data which they used to make a decision of returning to lock down despite that the patients are already recovered and death?? If they will deduct the recoveries and deaths patients to the totally I don't think that it will rise up at 85,000 because the active cases is almost half of the total cases. It's just giving a people so much stress and worries to survive again if they are going to lockdown especially the middle class who have no work and no SAP.

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      1. That's correct I will agree on you.I hope DOH should made check their data.because they kept on fearing the people and they are doing their jobs well

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      2. Correct..many people are already tired of this..we just cant understand their data..they have to really something about all this pandemic..so much for poor like us..

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      3. It's been more than 4 months of undergoing community quarantine but nothing happens the cases are still increasing and the economy suffers,how are we able to survive if the government is not doing enough measure for us to sustain for our daily lives, they don't even have right decision making to broadcast that the orchestra is doing so well..even if the cabinet members don't really synchronized because if they do so we don't have to suffer from their incapabilities...

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    2. Tama lang po aug 1 start marami na po namatay at nag positive tinatago ng barangay sa binondo lalo na po sa zone 26

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    3. Total lock down natin ulit para sa mga bata at matatanda I agree na eh lock down

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    4. Paano po Yong mga walang sasakyan at kailangan magpunta sa ospital para magpa laboratory at chemo therapy.

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    5. Mecq na ulit pra sa kaligtasan ng lahat

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    6. Pa explain nga adi ba MECQ mas maluwag, bat sa post na ito mas mahigpit ?????

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    7. GCQ po ang maluwag
      ECQ/MECQ ang mahigpit.

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    8. The more you test, the more it goes up ...... duh?

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    9. You can delay it. But the virus will spread.. Lock down? = virus showing itself later.. Just let it run its course and it will pass.. And the economy Will not Completly crash.

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      1. Let the virus run its course and have more people dead, you mean?

        More dead people means an inevitable economy crash, you heartless moron.

        A lock down can only delay the virus, yes but a proper lockdown also means time and relief given to the medical teams so not to get overwhelmed by the influx of patients. If the lockdowns were properly executed, we wouldnt be in this fucking mess.

        If we have to go back to lockdown, all that fucking money the bastards asked for should actually be put to use and help the people because obviously a lock down means no work. If alternately, as you said, let the virus, run its course, that money should then be spent on trying to help the people still with their loss of income and to help pay their medical bills lest thousands more will either die from the virus or starvation.

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    10. I think everybody will test positive either way... I dont think it's the so called covid virus that kills the people. it's the other diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis..

      also there's something wrong with the pcr test.. majority are testing false positive/negative.

      the media / tv stations also should broadcast more doctors/experts regarding the covid. I dont see any reliable specialist being interviewed on TV.

      Media is always politicizing the current events.. instead of producing relevant and informative articles that could really help the nation.

      News Journalists in main stream media lacks effort.

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    11. pag nag lock down sana yong nabuksan na negosyo po ay ituloy na ,yong mga pumapasok sa trabaho tuloy din.yong mga totally na walang ginagaw na sa buhay will stay home.dapat po strict implementation lahat

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    12. Tama po kasi kaylngan din po namin ng trabaho para sa pagkain ng aming pamilya..Yung mga walang trabaho bata at senior manatiling sa loob ng bahay

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    13. I think MECQ is not the answer to the problem.?.The govt can no longer give ayuda.they even failed during the 1st Sap.Strict implementation and self discipline.We can no lnger survive another ECQ or MECQ,many people are hungry.If we will.only depend on ayuda we will die of hunger.I did not even received a single cent from that ayuda coz the brgy.officials are so unfair.pinili lng po mga kakilala nila at mga kamag-anak.Ni wla nga house to house interviews.Ano yun nanghula lng ng dapat bigyan?

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    14. Ano po kaya mangyayari sa two weeks muna na walang lalabas kahit cno pa yan may trabaho o wala bata at matanda kahit sa 59-21 wala talaga muna at mag bahay bahay ng test yun mga may sipon sinat at ubo muna unahin

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    15. Remember flattening of the curve only means one thing is to up hospital capacity it means if you did not flatten the curve it means hindi kayo naghanda para sa patient for there hospital stay yun lang ..flatten of the curve does not mean bumababa ang kaso rather na gagamot ng tama ang patiente

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