ECQ again: Duterte puts 'NCR Plus' under lockdown from March 29 to April 4

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila and surrounding provinces currently known as 'NCR Plus' will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the strictest quarantine classification, this Holy Week due to the spike of COVID-19 cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of IATF to place 'NCR Plus' under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for one week | Photo via PCOO

This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a televised briefing on Saturday, March 27 after the recommendation from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

ECQ will take effect in Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal from March 29 (Monday) until April 4 (Easter Sunday).

What is ECQ?

It refers to the implementation of temporary measures imposing stringent limitations on movement and transportation of people, strict regulation of operating industries, provision of food and essential services, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine protocols.

EXPLAINER: What is ECQ in NCR Plus?

'NRC Plus' bubble

On March 21, the government placed 'NCR Plus' under general community quarantine (GCQ) bubble, imposing additional restrictions. The mandate based on IATF Resolution No. 104 was also until April 4.

For 10 straight days, the country has been reporting over 5,000 COVID-19 cases.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 9,595 additional cases on Saturday with a record-high of 118,122 active cases. All-time high of 9,838 new COVID-19 cases was logged on Friday.

SEE ALSO: Pinoy COVID-19 survivors reveal how, where they caught the virus

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