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Mayors in Metro Manila Discuss Next Quarantine Measure in NCR

MAYORS IN METRO MANILA – The head of the local government units in Metro Manila met and have agreed to let the IATF decide on the next quarantine measure.

The presence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines caused alarm to the government and the people. Even the business sector who wants to avoid lockdowns as much as possible believe that an action has to be taken to prevent its spread.

The Delta variant was identified as a factor in the collapse of the healthcare system of India, where it was first recorded. Its higher transmissibility rate was also considered a factor in the increase in COVID-19 cases in several nations including Indonesia and Thailand.

Initially, cases of the Delta variant in PH were returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) until local transmissions were confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH). It ignited calls for stricter community quarantine measures.

Mayors in Metro Manila
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The national government approved the recommendation of the national Inter-Agency Task Force to place Metro Manila under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) measure, the strictest level of quarantine measure. The two-week ECQ started last August 6 until August 20, 2021.

Recently, the mayors in Metro Manila met to discuss about the next community quarantine measure in the National Capital Region (NCR). They also spoke with the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

Yesterday, the mayors in Metro Manila were set to decide on the next community quarantine measure. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the head of the LGUs in Metro Manila decided to let the IATF decide on the next community quarantine measure in their cities.

According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos Jr., the mayors commit to double the vaccination campaign and the contact tracing whether the capital region would be under ECQ or Modified ECQ after August 20.

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