Davao City remains in GCQ

The Davao City has remained under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 1 to 14 after President Rodrigo Duterte has approved on Wednesday the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on community quarantine classifications. 

Along with the city under GCQ are Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Batangas, Quezon, Tacloban, Iligan City, and Lanao del Sur. 

Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces or the so-called NCR Plus remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until May 14.

The President said that he placed Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna under MECQ heeding the advice of health experts to give breathing space to the struggling hospitals.

In his address, Duterte said he apologized for the two-week extension of the MECQ in the NCR Plus, stressing the move is necessary to address the spiking number of COVID-19 cases and hospital congestion.

The chief executive said he appealed to the public to follow government-mandated health protocols to prevent more people from being infected and to help the country recover from the pandemic.

“I want the people to be comfortable. So, sometimes you have to interdict or intervene because it is of national interest,” he said.

The President said he will hold local officials especially mayors and barangay captains accountable for not enforcing the law and allowing people to congregate that in the end result in the increase in COVID-19 infection.

Aside from NCR Plus, Duterte also put Santiago City in Quirino province and Abra province under MECQ starting May 1, while the rest of the Philippines will be under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 6,895 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, putting the country’s total infection figure to 1,020, 495 since the start of the pandemic. Of the 67,769 active cases, 27,891 came from the NCR. 

There were 935,695 total recoveries and 17,031 fatalities.