Metro Manila will remain in GCQ or General Community Quarantine in February according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
According to the Department of Health or DOH, the capital got 220,000 cases or almost half of the Philippines’ COVID-19 cases.
Other areas that will be in GCQ for the month of February are Cordillera Administrative Region, Batangas, Tacloban City, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Iligan City while the rest of the country is under MGCQ.
In an earlier announcement, IATF suggested allowing children aged 10 to 14 to go out of their homes in MGCQ areas starting February but the President reversed this decision. Children and Senior Citizens should remain in the comforts of their own homes to prevent catching the virus.
The country is now preventing the spread of the more transmissible variant which has been in the country as early as Dec. 10. According to health authorities, there is a total of 17 cases of the new variant in the country. 1 was the previously reported case on January 13 from a Quezon City resident who traveled to Dubai for work while 12 of the other cases are from Bontoc, Mountain Province.