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IATF Proposes New Quarantine Measure to Pres. Duterte on Several Areas in PH

DUTERTE – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) quarantine recommendation on several areas in the Philippines gained the approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The Delta variant reaching the Philippines sparked worries on the government and the people. Its higher transmissibility rate is a big thing that may need a lot of preparation.

In India where the Delta variant first showed what it can bring, a surge in the COVID-19 cases took place leading to the collapse of their healthcare system. Many patients could no longer be accommodated by the hospitals. A lot of people died due to COVID-19.

The Delta variant also reached Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia where it also caused a spike in the COVID-19 cases. It was also detected in the United States and several other nations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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In the Philippines, local transmissions of the Delta cases have already been detected thus hospitals were told to prepare for a possible increase in the COVID-19 cases. Metro Manila is currently under the strictest level of quarantine measure, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), until August 20.

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Recently, the IATF made another proposal to Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte amid the increasing COVID-19 cases in several areas in the Philippines. It suggested to place Cagayan de Oro, Laguna, and Iloilo City under ECQ.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Pres. Duterte approved the IATF recommendation of placing Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro under ECQ until August 15. The whole Iloilo province, Cavite, Lucena City, and Rizal will be under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until August 15.

According to the report, the provinces of Batangas and Quezon will be under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until August 15.

In Metro Manila, the vaccination continues amid the ECQ thus public transportation remains for the convenience of the essential workers and those who will be out for their vaccine schedule.

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