Duterte: GCQ in Metro Manila, other areas until November 30
President Duterte speaks during an IATF meeting at Malacañang in this undated photo
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Duterte: GCQ in Metro Manila, other areas until November 30

Christian Deiparine (Philstar.com) - October 27, 2020 - 9:04am

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila will remain under General Community Quarantine status until November 30 along with other areas in the Visayas and Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte announced in a recorded address aired Tuesday morning. 

In a portion of the weekly meeting with the government's coronavirus crisis panel, Duterte bucked the possibility of the capital region shifting to a more relaxed quarantine, adding that the mayors in the National Capital Region want GCQ retained.

Aside from the capital, the following areas will also be under GCQ from November 1-30.

  • Batangas
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Iloilo City
  • Bacolod City
  • Tacloban City 
  • Iligan City

Although the president only read out a list of areas recommended to retain GCQ status, the Palace routinely confirms after the recorded address is aired that those recommendations have actually been approved.

Earlier Monday, the interior department said that NCR mayors agreed that the cities and the lone municipality in the capital region should still be kept under GCQ. 

Figures from the health department so far had shown that the region accounts for nearly 11,300 of the country's more than 371,000 virus infections, followed by CALABARZON with 7,744 and Central Luzon with 2,909. 

Metro Manila, along with its neighboring provinces, has been under general community quarantine since August after a brief lockdown to give the medical community a "time-out".

This month saw government allowing more capacity in business establishments and in mass transport, as well as allowing a wider age group of 15 to 65 to step out of their homes. 

Travel restrictions have also eased since then, with individuals now allowed to go between GCQ and MGCQ areas for any purpose. 

Officials said that such moves are part of the third phase of its overall strategy to combat a health crisis in a bid to "sustain gains" in reviving the economy. 

The Philippines now has 371,630 coronavirus infections as of October 26, with health officials reporting some 1,607 new cases. 

Deaths, meanwhile, have reached the 7,000th mark since the country reported its first coronavirus death in February, while recoveries are at 328,258. 

It was also this October that the country broke through the Top 20 nations across the world with the highest COVID-19 cases, apart from consistently placing in Southeast Asia also with the most infections. 

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: March 1, 2021 - 4:04pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

March 1, 2021 - 4:04pm

As the Philippines starts its vaccination program, the Department of Health logs 2,037 more COVID-19 cases, pushing the national caseload to 578,381. 

The DOH also reports 86 more recoveries and 4 additional fatalities, bringing the total of survivors to 534,351 and the death toll to 12,322, respectively.

Active cases in the country are at 31,708.

February 27, 2021 - 4:25pm

The Department of Health logs an additional 2,921 COVID-19 infections, the highest this year. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 574,247.

February 27, 2021 - 9:41am

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine.

February 26, 2021 - 4:04pm

The Philippines records the highest rise in daily cases since October with 2,651 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the national tally to 571,327.

The country's death toll is at 12,247 with 46 more fatalities while the total of survivors is at 524,582 with 561 additional recoveries.

Active cases in the country are at 34,498.

February 23, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health registers 1,414 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 564,865.

Of these, 29,817 are active cases. 

The DOH also registers 16 new deaths and 72 additional survivors, bringing the death toll to 12,107 and the total of survivors to 522,941.

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