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    Duterte announces January 2021 quarantine classifications

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday, December 28, the new month-long quarantine classifications in the country for January 2021.

    Duterte announces January quarantine classifications

    The announcement was made in a taped address after his meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

    The Chief Executive declared that the National Capital Region (NCR), Isabela, Santiago City, Batangas, Iloilo, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan City, Davao City and Davao del Norte have been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

    Meanwhile, the rest of the country is under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

    On Saturday, Duterte met select members of his Cabinet along with infectious disease experts to discuss the emerging fast-spreading new variant of COVID-19, first detected in the United Kingdom.

    Duterte recalled the implementation of the face-to-face classes in pilot areas over fears of new variant of COVID-19.

    The president approved a two-week extension of travel ban on UK that expires December 31.

    Other measures include strict mandatory quarantine for travelers coming from countries with reports on the new COVID-19 variant — Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia.

    Travelers from those countries will undergo mandatory completion of 14-day quarantine regardless of their reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

    The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 766 new COVID-19 cases on December 28, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 470,650 with 438,780 recoveries (93.2%) and 9,124 deaths (1.94%).

    — The Summit Express

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