The National Capital Region will remain under general community quarantine for the entire July and is in danger of reverting to modified enhanced community quarantine if COVID-19 cases will not go down.
Cebu City, meanwhile, was downgraded from ECQ to modified enhanced community quarantine until 31 July, as announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during President Rodrigo Duterte’s nationwide address on Wednesday night.
NCR accounts for 15,947 of the country’t total 35,483 active cases as of 14 July.
Cebu City has 3,646 active cases, the most among all cities.
The President agreed with the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary and National Task Force on COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. and Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to maintain the status quo of NCR.
Metro Manila mayors told the IATF they will intensify their local lockdowns and testing, tracing and treatment of infected persons.
“So pumayag po ang ating Presidente na huwag muna ibalik ang Metro Manila sa MECQ sa susunod na dalawang linggo. Pero maliwanag sa diskusyon na kapag hindi pa rin po napabagal ang pagkalat ng COVID sa Metro Manila, posible po bumalik sa MECQ pagkatapos po nitong dalawang linggo,” Roque said.
Likewise under GCQ until 31 July were Laguna, Cavite and Rizal for Luzon in Region IV-A; Lapu Lapu City, Mandaue City and Minglanilla and Consolacion towns in Cebu Province, Talisay, Ormoc City and Southern Leyte in the Visayas; and in Mindanao, Zamboanga City, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Basilan.
Placed under modified GCQ with zoning containment strategy and strict local action: CAR – Benguet, Baguio City; Region I – Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Dagupan City; Region II – Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya; Region III – Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Zambales, Angeles City; Region IVA – Batangas, Quezon, Lucena City; Region IVB – Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa City; Region V – Albay, Masbate, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Naga City; Region VI – Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique, Aklan, Guimaras, Iloilo City, Bacolod City; Region VII – Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu Province; Region VIII – Western Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Tacloban City; Region IX – Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte; Region X – Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City; Region XI – Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao de Oro, Davao City; Region XII – Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, South Cotabato, General Santos City; Region XIII – Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur; and BARMM – Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao.
All those not mentioned are under MGCQ.
Together with medical doctors and health workers, the President appealed anew to Filipinos to do their part in controlling the spread of the virus by consistently practicing minimum health standards such as social distancing, wearing of masks and other necessary protective measures.
Mr. Duterte was joined in the meeting preceding the address by Cabinet Secretaries and health experts like Dr. Anthony Leachon (president, Manila Doctors Hospital Medical Staff Association); Dr. Camilo Roa, Jr. (Pulmonary Medicine, Manila Doctors Hospital); Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana (National Institute of Health, University of the Philippines and COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group or TAG consultant and member); Dr. Marissa Alejandria (COVID-19 TAG member); Assistant Professor Ranjit Singh Rye, MPA (UP – Department of Political Science and OCTA Research fellow); Professor Fredegusto Guido David, Ph.D. (UP – Institute of Mathematics and OCTA Research fellow); Professor Michael Tee, MD, MHPED, MBA (UP – College of Medicine and chair of Philippine One Health University Network); and Dr. Aguedo Troy Gepte IV (public health epidemiologist).
Also in attendance were Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Senator Bong Go.