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11 areas placed under MECQ until 31 Oct.

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The pandemic task force put 11 areas under modified enhanced community quarantine until the end of the month, Malacañang announced Wednesday.

Apayao, Kalinga, Batanes, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Naga City, Zamboanga City, and Zamboanga del Norte would be placed under modified ECQ from 16 to 31 October.

Meanwhile, the pandemic task force classified other provinces to general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions, a more relaxed lockdown level than modified ECQ.

These include Abra, Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, City of Santiago, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Quezon, Batangas, Bacolod City, Capiz, Lapu-Lapu City, Negros Oriental, and Bohol.

In addition, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro, Butuan City, and Surigao del Sur were also placed under the same quarantine level until end-October.

On the other hand, the pandemic task force classified Ilocos Norte, Dagupan City, Ifugao, Benguet, Tarlac, Lucena City, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa, Marinduque, Albay, and Camarines Norte under the standard GCQ during the same period.

Also placed under such a scheme were Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Cebu City, Cebu Province, Mandaue City, Siquijor, Tacloban City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Iligan City, Davao City, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur.

General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Cotabato City, and Lanao del Sur were likewise classified under GCQ.

Metro Manila, considered the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, was placed under alert level 3 in the government’s experimental quarantine scheme.

The rest of the provinces were under modified GCQ.

Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque announced the new quarantine levels of regions and provinces across the country, shortly after the meeting of the pandemic task force.

At press time, the government has so far confirmed 2.69 million coronavirus infections, with 40,000 fatalities.

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