LIVESTREAM: Duterte addresses the nation September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will address the nation on Monday night, September 28, and may announce the new community quarantine classifications for October.

Duterte addresses the nation September 28, 2020
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.

“Mayroon po kasing address sa taumbayan ang ating Pangulo mamayang gabi, so, sana po iyong classification eh mapasama na nga sa kaniyang address," Presidential spokesman Harry Roque confirmed in a televised briefing on Monday.

UPDATE: Duterte keeps Metro Manila under GCQ until October 31

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is expected to deliberate on national action plans against the dreadful disease prior to the address of the president.

LIVESTREAM: President Rodrigo Duterte's address (September 28, 2020)

Kumusta Po Mahal Kong Kababayan? | Meeting on COVID-19 Concerns and Talk to the People on COVID-19 Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse, Malacañang Park, Manila September 28, 2020
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issues anew the community quarantine status in the country for the month of October, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby cities and provinces, as he convenes his Cabinet to discuss the latest efforts and developments in the government’s response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
With the impending opening of classes, President Duterte calls on the telecommunication companies to improve network connectivity services, especially on measures that would ease internet woes as the country’s education system shifts to online classes and distance learning being the new normal amid the global health crisis.
The President assures the public that the administration is working non-stop to prevent the effects of COVID-19 in the country. He calls on his kababayans to remain vigilant and cooperative, as well as to strictly follow all safety protocols set by the authorities, to put an end to the spread of the deadly virus across the nation.

Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Monday, September 28, 2020

Roque added that the new indicators - two-week growth rate and daily attack rate - will be used as basis for determining the next round of community quarantine classifications.

“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.

Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur are currently under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until the end of the month. Meanwhile, Iloilo City was placed under MECQ from September 25 to October 9.

Reports said that Metro Manila mayors voted to extend the general community quarantine (GCQ) status in the capital region. It has remained in the GCQ classification since June 1 except for the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in August following the appeal of medical workforce.

READ: Will Metro Manila stay under GCQ in October?

Other areas under GCQ until month-end are Bulacan, Batangas and Tacloban City.

The rest of the country is currently under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

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%).

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