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Is Metro Manila ready for a modified general quarantine?

The Metro Manila Council will be meeting tomorrow, May 27 for a recommendation on the capital’s lockdown status after May 31 with a possible easing of quarantine restrictions to meet up public needs and welfares.

Although Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana already mentioned that Metro Manila will likely be placed under the general community quarantine, a “modified” GCQ is being considered by the government to further ease restrictions and recover from economic losses brought by the COVID-19.

Should that proposal push through, Metro Manila would be under the most loose of four quarantine scenarios, even more lax than a barangay-wide lockdown.

What do you guys think of the possible MGCQ? This restrictions will allow some establishments and mass gatherings (in limited numbers) to continue their activities with restricted movements.

We’re not yet off-the-hook of this health crisis and easing the restrictions could bring a number of consequences.

To date, there are over 14,000 confirmed cases of the viral disease in the Philippines, with over 800 deaths and more than 3,000 recoveries.

Should the MGCQ is implemented, I just wish everybody will still follow strictly the quarantine protocols such as social and physical distancing and wearing of face masks.

We’ve seen and heard of countries where COVID-19 cases spiked after their goverment eased their lockdown restrictions. Just saying.

I don’t want that to happen to us. You don’t want that to happen too.

Whatever restrictions come up after the MMC meeting, let’s obey it but let’s follow the protocols. Please?


UPDATE (May 26, 2020) 9:13 PM

All mayors in Metro Manila have “unanimously” approved the recommendation to place the National Capital Region from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Tuesday.

“Unanimously po, ‘yung ating NCR mayors acceptable sa GCQ. (NCR Mayors unanimously said they are acceptable to place the metropolis on GCQ.) We will wait for the decision of IATF Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID),” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said in an online press briefing this Tuesday afternoon (May 26) with reporters to discuss the contents Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting on the recommended scenario in Metro Manila after June 1.

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