GCQ in Metro Manila possible — Roque

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Harry Roque said there is a possibility a shift from  modified enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine will be implemented by June 1.

However, President Rodrigo Duterte, has the final say about easing of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus infection, Roque added on Thursday. In a televised briefing, Roque said Metro Manila is ready for GCQ shift.

“NCR is ready from the data that we have seen but that really depends on the cooperation of everyone,” he said.

Dr. Tony Leachon, Special Adviser to the National Task Force Covid-19, said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has recommended that Metro Manila and Davao City be placed under general community quarantine from June 1 to 15.

Both areas are under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) at present.

Cebu City, meanwhile, will remain under MECQ, Leachon added.

In a television interview, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed the IATF’s recommendation but clarified that this could still be changed as some local chief executives may appeal what is stated in the recommendation.

“‘Yan ay maaari pang magbago kasi ipinadala natin sa mga LGUs ang recommendation natin at mayroon pa silang kaukulang panahon para mag-appeal kung mayroon silang gustong ipabago at idedepensa nila ‘yung kanilang position,” Año said CNN-Philippines.

“Kahit anong anunsyo ng Presidente mamayang gabi, pupuwede po tayong bumalik sa ECQ muli kung ang datos ay magpapakita na napakabilis na naman ng doubling rate,” said Año.

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