MANILA, June 28 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte won’t be announcing COVID-19 quarantine classifications for July tonight, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the policymaking of the government for its COVID-19 response, will only meet on the quarantine classifications for the country later in the day.

“This is the first time that the IATF will discuss it, baka magkaroon ng second Talk to the People this week,” Roque said.

“Magkakaroon ng opportunity ang LGUs na umapela before the recommendation becomes final for the President’s decision,” Roque added.

The President will also have a public address tonight, Monday.

Metro Manila, the center of country’s economy, is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions which allows essential trips and businesses and partially permits non-essential activities.

Roque, however, does not see restrictions in Metro Manila easing in July or two days from today.

“Nasa GCQ po ang NCR, tingin ko hindi pa siguro puede magbago as of now,” Roque added.

Also on Monday, the OCTA Research group said new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila decreased by 9% over the past week.

In its latest monitoring report, the independent team of experts said the capital region averaged 667 new cases daily from June 21 to 27, lower than the average of 731 daily new infections over June 14 to 20.

Metro Manila’s average daily attack rate (ADAR) also stood at 4.83 cases per 100,000 population, classifying it as a moderate-low risk area, while its positivity rate was 7%.

The World Health Organization’s benchmark for the positivity rate is 5% or lower. (MNS)

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