Philippine govt mulling Covid-19 quarantine by zones in June

IATF on Emerging Infectious Diseases is seeing good indicators that could merit the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in many parts of Metro Manila, according to DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya. Soldier on the quarantine chekpoint in the Manila, Philippines. Photo: Boy Santos. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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MANILA, May 22, 2020. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. The government is looking at scaling down its quarantine measures into “zones” based on the number of its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the country’s response against the virus said Friday, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

This way, Galvez said specific areas that are badly affected by the coronavirus will be immediately addressed.

“Ang zoning concept, napakaganda po nito dahil talagang yung area, i-cocordon off natin na doon na lang natin i-lolockdown ang mga area, mga compound affected,” Galvez said during a televised briefing when asked of possible quarantine measures to be imposed after May 31.

(The zoning concept will cordon off or areas and compounds affected will be placed on lockdown.)

“Kasi dito natin makikita talaga na we have to have a direct impact immediately at saka yung rapid response natin ay nakatutok talaga doon sa mga affected,” he added.

(We have to have a direct impact immediately and that our rapid response will focus on affected areas.)

Galvez explained that these areas will be determined based on their incident and doubling rate of cases.

Earlier, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also floated the possibility of placing not only barangays but also subdivisions under lockdown.

The government eased the quarantine measures in several areas to allow businesses to partially reopen in order to cushion the pandemic’s impact on the economy.

Metro Manila was among the areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine until May 31.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has 13,434 COVID-19 cases with 846 fatalities and 3,000 recoveries.

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