MANILA, Dec 1 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has extended anew the general community quarantine in Metro Manila until December 31, 2020 to control the spread of COVID-19 over the holidays.
In a public address aired on Monday night, Duterte said the following areas are also under GCQ:
- National Capital Region
- Iloilo City
- Tacloban City
- Lanao del Sur
- Davao City
Meanwhile, Duterte placed the rest of the country under modified GCQ.
After Duterte’s address, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Davao del Norte is also placed under GCQ for the entire month of December.
Duterte renewed his call to the public to observe quarantine protocols such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, and wearing of face masks and face shields.
He also hit critics for questioning the government’s Covid-19 response, insisting that a vaccine is the only way to eliminate the virus.
“Ang panlaban lang ng (The only way to fight) Covid is wash your hand, wear a mask, and stay home. ‘yan lang ang medisina diyan. Hindi mo mabili sa botika ‘yan (that’s the only medicine for it. You can’t mind it in a pharmacy). Stay safe,” he said.
Metro Manila mayors recommended the retention of GCQ in the capital region until the end of 2020 to prevent a possible surge in the number of COVID-19 cases during the holiday season, which is usually marked by festivities and gatherings.
The mayors came up with the recommendation following the meeting of the Metro Manila Council on Sunday.
Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who chairs the Metro Manila Council, said the MMC is hoping that Metro Manila could be placed under modified GCQ by the start of 2021.
He said this would still depend on the number of COVID-19 infections in December.
“Ganoon ang direksyon pero titingnan pa rin po natin ‘yung datos na manggagaling sa DOH. Kung magtutuloy-tuloy po na hindi tayo magkakaroon ng spike, most probably mag-MGCQ po tayo,” Olivarez said. (MNS)