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    NCR Plus shifts to GCQ with 'heightened restrictions' from May 15-31

    MANILA, Philippines –
    The National Capital Region and four adjacent provinces (NCR Plus) currently under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) with "heightened restrictions" starting May 15.

    NCR Plus, 5 other areas shift to GCQ
    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. Photo Credit: PCOO

    President Rodrigo Duterte declared the new quarantine classifications in the country after his meeting with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Thursday, May 13.

    SEE ALSOEXPLAINER: GCQ with 'heightened restrictions' guidelines

    The following areas shall be placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions until May 31:

    NCR Plus
    • Metro Manila
    • Bulacan
    • Cavite
    • Laguna
    • Rizal
    Also under GCQ for the second half of the month are:
    • Apayao
    • Baguio City
    • Benguet
    • Kalinga
    • Mountain Province
    • Abra
    • Cagayan
    • Isabela
    • Nueva Vizcaya
    • Batangas
    • Quezon
    • Puerto Princesa
    • Iligan City
    • Davao City
    • Lanao del Sur

    Meanwhile, these areas will stay under MECQ
    • Quirino
    • Ifugao
    • City of Santiago in Isabela
    • Zamboanga City

    All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

    NCR Plus shift to GCQ with heightened restrictions

    The decision to move to the less strict GCQ for NCR Plus is based on COVID-19 daily attack rate, two-week average attack rate, and healthcare utilization rate.

    Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier mentioned the government's overall strategy to gradually reopen our economy to achieve total health.

    The Department of Health on Thursday logged 6,385 new COVID-19 cases, 4,289 new recoveries and 107 new fatalities. Of the total 1,124,724 cases, 4.9% (55,260) are active cases while 93.4% (1,050,643) recovered and 1.67% (18,821) died from the disease.

    — The Summit Express

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