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President Duterte announced new community quarantine measures on Friday. The National Capital Region will be under general community quarantine.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on July 31, Friday morning, that Metro Manila will retain its community quarantine status beginning August 1 despite the threatening and continuous spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases every day.
As of July 30, the Philippines has a total of 89,374 COVID-19 cases, with 1,983 deaths.
The following areas are also placed under GCQ until mid-August: Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue, Rizal, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu province, and Zamboanga.City.
Cebu City in Central Visayas will also be placed under a more eased general community quarantine from being in modified enhanced community quarantine. Last June 15, the city was returned to enhanced community quarantine after the rise in the cases.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Philippines will be placed under a more relaxed status, modified general community quarantine.
Earlier, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque mentioned that Metro Manila may undergo a more stringent quarantine if the University of the Philippines’ forecasted 85,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of July will be reached.
The hospitals in the National Capital Region have reached the ‘danger zone’ as hospital wards and beds are occupied at full capacity.
In his address, the president asked the public to continue observing health precautions.
“Konting ingat lang. Do not mix together and observe distance rule,” he said.
He also puts his high hopes in obtaining a coronavirus vaccine soon, and that the country will be back to normal by December.