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: November 30, 2020 - 9:05pm

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)

November 30, 2020 - 9:05pm

Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan and Davao City will remain under GCQ from December 1 to 31, President Rodrigo Duterte announces.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will remain under modified GCQ.

November 23, 2020 - 11:07pm

The Department of Health warns of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during the upcoming holidays.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the agency will form a contingency plan for this possible surge.

The DOH will emphasize to the public the need to observe minimum health standards during the holiday season to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

November 22, 2020 - 4:07pm

Another mass recovery of 10,957 coronavirus survivors along with 1,968 additional infections were reported by the health department Sunday, bringing the national caseload to 418,818. 

The numbers bring the tally to 386,486 total recoveries, good for a 92% recovery rate in the Philippines. 

In its latest case bulletin issued Sunday afternoon, the Department of Health also recorded 43 more casualties linked to the coronavirus, bringing the pathogen's death toll in the country to 8,123.  — Philstar.com/Franco Luna

November 20, 2020 - 10:52am

President Rodrigo Duterte has put Davao City under General Community Quarantine, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

The city will be under GCQ until November 30.

Metro Manila has been under GCQ since June.

November 18, 2020 - 8:48pm

With experts from OCTA Research Team labeling Baguio City as one of the COVID-19 “hotspots” of serious concerns, the Department of Tourism says it fully supports all the efforts of the LGU as it implements measures to ensure health and safety of the local visitors. 

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the DOT recognizes the able leadership of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong. 

"Baguio remains a premier destination especially for our domestic travelers and the Department will exert all efforts to ensure the slow but sure recovery of the industry and help bring livelihood back," Puyat says. — Rosette Adel

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