Harry Roque Says IATF Plans Transition to ‘New Normal’ in COVID-19 Free Areas
MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is planning the transition of COVID-19 free areas to ‘New Normal’.
On Monday (January 18, 2021), the Malacañang Palace said that the areas with coronavirus cases may soon shift to the “new normal”. IATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has already approved the declaration of new normal areas in the country.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the agency is already making new guidelines for the new normal. The guidelines would contain the ‘Dos and Don’ts’for the new normal.
“It has been approved in principle po talaga na magkakaroon ng deklarasyon talaga ng new normal areas. Pero ang binubuo lang po ngayon ay yung mga ‘Dos and Don’ts’ sa new normal,” Roque said.
Roque also clarified that the guidelines are required to avoid actions that could cause the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Roque said that most parts of the country are already under modified general community quarantine wherein the remaining quarantine restrictions will be lifted. Metro Manila and the provinces of Davao del Norte, Batangas, Isabela, Lanao del Sur and the five cities Santiago, Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan, and Davao were the only areas under GCQ.
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