Metro Manila returns to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine

As COVID-19 cases in the Philippines breach the 100,000-mark, Metro Manila is placed back under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

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President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement late Sunday night that the country’s capital would revert back to MECQ status following recommendations from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and calls from frontline health workers.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal will be under MECQ from August 4 until 18. The MECQ status will be effective on August 4, midnight.

In case you’ve forgotten, the guidelines for MECQ largely followed those of ECQ: people are required to stay home except to buy food, other necessities, and for emergencies. However, certain sectors were allowed to reopen and operate.

It has not yet been announced whether the guidelines for MECQ will follow those previously applied.

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