Will there be stricter quarantine measures in Metro Manila?

With Metro Manila accounting for about half of over 70,000 COVID-19 cases in the country there has been a call from different groups to tighten quarantine restrictions in the region. A number of senators have even proposed for the capital region to return to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Malacañang clarified on Monday that they are not yet considering placing Metro Manila back under ECQ but will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments in the following days.

(UP Experts Predict 130,000 COVID-19 Cases by August)

“That’s not being considered for now. Suggestion of UP (University of the Philippines) was MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine),” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a text message to The STAR.

“We will see what will happen within the next two weeks,” Roque said at a press briefing in relation to Metro Manila being placed under MECQ.

Roque also mentioned the different initiatives of Metro Manila mayors to curb the spread of the virus. This includes implementing localized lockdowns, setting up isolation facilities, and expanding their testing capabilities.

“What we want is to have a common ordinance especially in Metro Manila because we have two weeks to slow the spread of cases,” Roque added.

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