(INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA)
MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until September 7, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Saturday.
In a statement, Roque said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) “retained the modified enhanced community quarantine status of the National Capital Region.”
Also under MECQ from until the said period are Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal, Laguna, Aklan, Iloilo province, Iloilo City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Cagayan de Oro City.
Roqueadded that Metro Manila, Bataan and Laguna “shall have added restrictions on dining, personal care services and religious activities.”
Meanwhile, the following areas were placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions:
-Zamboanga del Sur
-Davao del Norte
-Davao de Oro
Twenty-five areas were placed under the normal GCQ:
-Zamboanga del Norte
-Davao del Sur
-General Santos City
-Agusan del Norte
-Agusan del Sur
-Surigao del Norte
-Surigao del Sur
“All other areas shall be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). This latest community quarantine classification shall take effect beginning September 1 until September 7, 2021, pending a change in community quarantine guidelines,” said Roque.
The restrictions were set in place amid rising COVID-19 cases.
The Philippines has 142,531 active COVID-19 cases, including additional 17,447 cases on Friday—the second highest single-day record since the start of the pandemic.
Subscribe to our daily newsletter