President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to put Cebu City back under the ECQ starting today, June 16, until June 30.
President Duterte made this decision on Monday, June 15, the day the general community quarantine (GCQ) period was supposed to expire for Cebu City.
According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases escalated Cebu City back to the ECQ due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
“Due to the increasing number of new cases and widespread community transmission in the majority of barangays in the city, as well as the consistent case doubling time of fewer than seven days, and the significant increase in critical care utilization against critical care capacity, Cebu City shall be placed under enhanced community quarantine,” he said.
According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, President Duterte’s decision will be based on the obligation of the state to protect the public’s health, the need to open the economy, and the ability to provide critical healthcare assistance to those who will get sick with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, aside from Metro Manila, President Duterte placed the following areas in Luzon under the GCQ:
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Santiago City
- Olongapo City
- Occidental Mindoro
The following areas in Visayas and Mindanao are also under the GCQ:
- Negros Oriental
- Mandaue City
- Lau-Lapu City
- Davao City
- Zamboanga City
The rest of the country will remain under modified GCQ (MGCQ) until June 30, 2020.