Christmas in quarantine: GCQ extended in Metro Manila, 6 areas until yearend
A COVID-19 health protocol-abiding giant Santa Clause is displayed at a television studio in Cainta Marcos Highway on November 30.
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Christmas in quarantine: GCQ extended in Metro Manila, 6 areas until yearend

(Philstar.com) - November 30, 2020 - 8:59pm

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 9:23 p.m.) — Filipinos will have to spend Christmas under quarantine as President Rodrigo Duterte announced the extension of general community quarantine in Metro Manila and other areas.

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

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

Under the guidelines of the inter-agency task force on COVID-19, movement should be limited to accessing essential goods and services in areas under GCQ, but all persons are allowed outside their residence in areas under MGCQ.

However, minimum public health standards, such as wearing masks and physical distancing, shall be complied with at all times in areas under GCQ and MGCQ.

In October, the Philippines allowed travel "for any purpose" between GCQ and MGQC areas, subject to "reasonable" regulations by local government units.

As of Monday, the Philippines recorded a total of 431,630 COVID-19 cases, 24,580 of which are active cases.

According to the Department of Health, 5.7% of active cases (net of recoveries and death) in the country account for the total confirmed cases.

Metro Manila has been under GCQ since August following a brief lockdown after calls from the medical community for a "time-out."

The first COVID-19 case in the Philippines was reported in February and the government imposed lockdowns mid-March.

It has been 259 days since parts of the country were first placed under a more strict enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic — the longest lockdown period in the world. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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LATEST UPDATE: July 26, 2021 - 4:07pm

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)

July 26, 2021 - 4:07pm

The Department of Health logs 6,664 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the national tally to 1,555,396.

  • Active cases: 55,140 or 3.5% of the total
  • Recoveries: 5,766, bringing the number to 1,473,009
  • Deaths: 23, or now 27,247 in total
July 25, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Philippines' coronavirus tally rises to 1,548,755 with 5,479 new infections recorded Sunday.

  • Recoveries: 5,573 new; 1,467,269 total
  • Deaths: 93 new; 27,224 total
  • Active cases: 54,262 or 3.5% of total
July 24, 2021 - 4:17pm

The Department of Health registers an additional 6,216 COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,543,281.

  • Active cases: 54,401 or 3.5% of the total
  • Recoveries: 6,778, pushing total to 1,461,749
  • Deaths: 241, bringing total to 27,131 
July 23, 2021 - 4:19pm

The Department of Health registers 6,845 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national tally to 1,537,097.

  • Active cases: 55,069 or 3.6% of the total
  • Recoveries: 2,330, pushing total to 1,455,137
  • Deaths: 0, bringing total to 26,891
July 22, 2021 - 4:50pm

Health authorities record 5,828 new coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the national tally to 1,530,266.

  • Recoveries: 3,257 new; 1,452,813 total
  • Deaths: 17 new; 26,891 total
  • Active cases: 50,562 or 3.3% of total
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