Duterte to announce tonight fresh quarantine status for September 1-15

MANILA, Philippines – The new community quarantine classifications for Metro Manila and the rest of the country are expected to be announced tonight, August 31, by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte to announce tonight fresh quarantine status for September 1-15
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.

This was advised by Palace spokesperson Harry Roque as the president is set to hold a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in Manila.


On August 18, the national capital region and the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan were reverted to less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) after the 2-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

The rest of the country is currently under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), with some provinces, highly urbanize cities and independent component cities with strict enforcement of local action.

All quarantine levels throughout the country are set to expire tonight.

Roque earlier said a place could move to MGCQ if the case doubling rate is 28 days or better. For NCR, COVID-19 cases doubled to every 9 to 10 days.

Meanwhile, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said on Sunday that he had recommended to the Metro Manila Council to maintain the GCQ status, saying it was “difficult” to keep adjusting to new policies within short period of time.

National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. also gave green light to to ease the community quarantine restrictions to allow more economic activities. This as long as the COVID-19 safety protocols are followed.

"For as long as we maintain the minimum health standards, at the same time maintain the rate of death into a minimum, kung mababa po ang rate of death natin ay puwede po tayong mag-open ng economy,” Galvez said.

As of August 30, the nationwide COVID-19 total reached 217,396 with 4,284 new confirmed cases. Most of the cases were logged in NCR and CALABARZON.

— The Summit Express

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