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President to decide on quarantine reclassification




President Rodrigo Duterte is weighing in on three options for the new quarantine classification to be implemented over Metro Manila and Cebu by June 16.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte may retain the general community quarantine (GCQ) classification in both areas, downgrade to modified GCQ or return them to the more strict enhanced community quarantine.

“It would be up to the President because we are balancing the economy and enough capacity to provide medical care for critical patients),” Roque said in a radio interview.

Under MGCQ, public gatherings are allowed up to 50 percent of the venue’s capacity and more transport options available.

Roque, however, said the high number of cases in Metro Manila and Cebu do not seem to deem a transition from the current GCQ to MGCQ.

“We’re letting the President decide,” he said.

He said the Department of the Interior and Local Government already informed local government units  about the possible quarantine reclassifications.

Duterte will meet with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Monday.

On June 13, a total of 607 new Covid-19 cases were reported, bringing the total to 25,392 cases with 1,074 deaths and 5,706 are recoveries.

Metro Manila has the most number of Covid-19 cases at 5,706 while Cebu City has 3,361 infections as of June 12.

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella wants Cebu City to remain under GCQ after June 15.

Five regions, including the National Capital Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Central Visayas, the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay and the cities of Zamboanga City, Davao City, Cebu City and Mandaue are under GCQ until Monday, 15 June. The rest of the country is under MGCQ. (PNA)