Update on Metro Manila Community Quarantine Measure in August
METRO MANILA – The Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) spoke on the community quarantine measure on Metro Manila from August 1-15, 2021.
The whole Philippines remains to be under community quarantine measures most especially amid worries over the possible spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 now. It is a variant of concern after it caused the healthcare system of India to collapse.
The Delta variant was first recorded in India. It caused the flock of patients in hospitals to the point that it can no longer accommodate all the patients due to over capacity. Many died of coronavirus in India.
The Delta variant was also detected in several other countries. Currently, it is causing a spike in the COVID-19 cases in Thailand and Indonesia among others.
The Philippines is currently closing its borders to travelers from India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and several other nations that recorded cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
The national government placed Metro Manila under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions. The provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan are also under the same community quarantine measure.
Currently, there are calls from the local government units for a stricter community quarantine measure in Metro Manila and the four (4) provinces. The Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 spoke on the measure.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the IATF said that the NCR Plus areas will remain under GCQ with “heightened restrictions” from August 1 to August 15. It is amid the request of the mayors for a stricter community quarantine measure amid worries over the possible spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos, the mayors in NCR are willing to have their region be under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the strictest among the four (4) quarantine measures, provided that the national government got funds for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
Furthermore, the mayors in Metro Manila requested the national government to open the COVID-19 vaccination to the people without the categorization. Abalos said that four (4) million vaccines were requested from the national government.
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