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LIST: Metro Manila, Other Areas Under GCQ; Cebu City Reverted To ECQ Until June 30

LIST: Metro Manila, Other Areas Under GCQ; Cebu City Reverted To ECQ Until June 30

Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of the month while Cebu City will again be under strictest measures because of rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Cebu City, which has been placed under GCQ, was reverted to enhanced community quarantine or ECQ.

The new quarantine classifications are contained in Resolution No. 46-A issued by the government's task force on the coronavirus pandemic and approved by President Duterte on Monday night, June 15.

"Due to the increasing number of new cases and widespread community transmission in majority of barangays in the city as well as the consistent case doubling time of less than seven days, and significant increase in critical care utilization against critical care capacity, Cebu City shall be placed under (ECQ)," Health Secretary Franciso Duque III said.

Talisay, a component city under the province of Cebu, will be placed under modified ECQ or MECQ, the scenario between the strictest ECQ and the more lenient GCQ, until June 30.

The task force retained Metro Manila under GCQ even if about half of the COVID-19 cases in the country are recorded in the region.

Other areas that will be under GCQ until June 30 are Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Santiago City in Cagayan Valley; Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo, Tarlac in Central Luzon; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon in Calabarzon; Occidental Mindoro in Mimaropa all in Luzon; Bohol, Cebu province, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City in the Visayas; and Davao City and Zamboanga City in Mindanao.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the rest of the country remains under the most lenient modified GCQ or MGCQ until the end of the month.

In its COVID-19 Situationer dated June 13, the Department of Health said a total of 13,099 (53 percent) are confirmed cases from Metro Manila or National Capital Region (NCR). The proportion of cases in NCR decreased from 62 percent since January (start of case detection) to May 19 to 37 percent for the period of May 20 to June 12.

Meanwhile, cases in Region 7 increased in proportion from 13 percent to 21 percent for the similar period. On May 27, 2020, 120 (24 percent) out of the 503 confirmed cases nationwide (by date of onset) were reported in the region. A total of 3,999 (16 percent) confirmed cases was recorded in Region 7, the second highest reported in the country.

Region 4-A has the third highest cases with a total of 1,943 (eight percent) confirmed cases as of June 12. Since start of case detection to May 19, the proportion of cases in Region 4A decreased from 11 percent to three percent for the period of May 20 to June 12.

Duterte expressed readiness to talk to businesses on how they can adjust quarantine measures to promote economic activity.

"As we ramble on, maybe tomorrow or the day after, after I shall have talked with the businessmen, then we can decide whether or not we can still modify the modified lockdown that we have imposed," the President said.

Earlier, the Palace said Duterte has to weigh the need to revive the economy against continued health concerns, keeping in mind that without a revived economy providing revenues, government will not be able to further fund COVID-19 programs and thousands of jobless Filipinos would be unable to feed their families.

But COVID-19 cases are still rising. As of Monday, the number has reached 26,420.

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