Metro Manila Still Under MECQ; Here’s What You Need to Know Today

Especially if you need to head out to run errands or go to work.

(SPOT.ph) Most other areas in the Philippines were put under general community quarantine or GCQ on August 15, while the “modified enhanced community quarantine” or MECQ has been extended over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal until August 18.

Areas that have been placed under GCQ in Luzon are Nueva Ecija, Batangas, and Quezon, and in Visayas: Iloilo, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Talisay, and Minglanilla and Consolacion, both in Cebu. The GCQ is scheduled to expire after August 31. The Palace noted, though, that even places under GCQ may still have a localized form of “enhanced community quarantine” or ECQ imposed over certain areas.

An announcement about the quarantine status that will be imposed for the rest of the month over Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces is expected to be made by President Duterte today. If you need to head out though, whether it’s for work or essential errands, know that minimum public health standards are still being enforced: this means that the use of face masks is still required, as well as the wearing of face shields on public transportation, and physical distancing of at least two meters.

Dr. Tony Leachon, former adviser to the National Task Force assigned to spearhead the country’s COVID-19 response, has said that the MECQ that was imposed on August 4 should be extended as it has helped decrease the rate of infection, recovery, and death from the disease.

As of August 16, the Department of Health logged 161,253 active cases, 112,586 recoveries, and 2,665 deaths.

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