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    Duterte keeps Metro Manila under GCQ until October 31

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Monday the recommendation of the task force to retain Metro Manila under a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from October 1 to 31.

    Duterte keeps Metro Manila under GCQ until October 31

    Meanwhile, Lanao del Sur including Marawi City will be placed under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

    Iloilo City, meanwhile, is placed under GCQ starting October 1. The members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) earlier put Iloilo City under MECQ, and it will remain such until September 30, 2020.

    Other areas under GCQ are Batangas for Luzon; Tacloban City and Bacolod City for the Visayas; and Iligan City for Mindanao.

    The rest of the country will be under modified GCQ, the most relaxed form of community quarantine.

    WATCH: Duterte addresses the nation September 28, 2020

    Duterte's decision was based on new indicators, the two-week growth rate and daily attack rate.

    This was announced by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque confirmed in a televised briefing on Monday.

    “As far as critical care capacity is concerned, we are on moderate risk. As far as case doubling rate is concerned, malayo pa ang tatahakin. Pero nagbago na po ang basis ng classification natin ngayon,” he said.

    Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that the two-week growth rate refers to the growth in the number of cases for the past two weeks, while daily attack rate is the number of cases over a certain period of time over a certain number of population.

    Usec. Vergeire said that these two new indicators are more sensitive because it shows the true picture of the community and that the daily attack rate indicates the increase or decrease in cases in areas that are being monitored.

    Vergeire added that case doubling time and mortality doubling time would still be used as an overall guide or indicator that can be used in the analysis of the overall trends of the country.

    As of September 28, the nationwide COVID-19 total reached 307,288 with 3,073 new confirmed cases. The reported cases today occurred within the recent 14 days (September 15 - September 28, 2020). The top regions were NCR (1,055 or 38%), Region 4A (722 or 26%) and Region 6 (277 or 10%).

    — The Summit Express

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