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Olivarez favors MECQ

Ghio Ong (The Philippine Star) - April 9, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said yesterday he is in favor of reverting to the more lenient modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ next week.

“As far as the city is concerned, we favor easing quarantine restrictions,” Olivarez, who chairs the Metro Manila Council (MMC), told ABS-CBN News Channel.

“Upon meeting with the local epidemiology and disease surveillance unit and city health office, here in Parañaque, COVID-19 cases have not increased unlike last week,” he added.

The National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal or NCR Plus will remain under ECQ, the strictest quarantine classification, until April 11.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) placed Metro Manila and the nearby provinces under ECQ amid the soaring number of COVID-19 infections.

Olivarez said they would have a meeting tomorrow with the IATF about the Metro mayors’ recommendation on the quarantine status for NCR Plus.

MMDA: 120,000 daily vaccinations doable if...

Local government units (LGUs) in NCR can do up to 120,000 vaccinations daily if there are enough vaccines and everyone is allowed to be inoculated, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday.

“In NCR alone, we can do at least 120,000 vaccinations per day,” MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said at a press briefing.

To reach herd immunity, the government plans to cover 70 percent of the population. This includes around 10 million in Metro Manila, according to Garcia.

“Perhaps in four months we can finish with the first dose, followed by the second dose,” he said.

Garcia clarified that the 120,000 daily vaccinations could only be achieved if there are enough vaccines.

He said focusing on the priority sectors of health workers, persons with comorbidities and the elderly limits the vaccination capacity of LGUs.

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