Duterte lifts quarantine measures in low-risk COVID-19 areas starting May 16

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President Rodrigo Duterte will lift all quarantine measures in areas considered as low-risk for the coronavirus transmission starting May 16, Malacañang announced Tuesday.

 

In today’s press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that only those high-risk areas will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 31, 2020.

Accordingly, Roque said the following regions will no longer be placed under enhanced or general community quarantine from May 16:



 

REGION I

  • Ilocos Norte*
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union*
  • Pangasinan*
  • Dagupan City*

 

REGION IV-B

  • Marinduque
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Palawan
  • Puerto Princesa City

 

REGION V

  • Albay*
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Masbate
  • Sorsogon
  • Legazpi City*
  • Naga City

 




REGION VI

  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Occidental
  • Iloilo City
  • Bacolod City

 

REGION VIII

  • Biliran
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Northern Samar
  • Western Samar
  • Southern Leyte
  • Ormoc City
  • Tacloban City

 

REGION X

  • Bukidnon
  • Camiguin
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Cagayan de Oro City

 

REGION XII

  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Sarangani
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • General Santos City

 




BARMM

  • Basilan
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Maguindanao
  • Sulu
  • Tawi-Tawi
  • Cotabato City

 

The presidential spokesperson also enumerated the moderate-risk provinces, which will be placed under general community quarantine until May 31, 2020:

CAR

  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Baguio City

REGION II

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva
  • Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Santiago City

 

REGION III

  • Aurora
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Angeles City*
  • Olongapo City

 

REGION IV-A

  • Cavite*
  • Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Batangas
  • Lucena City

 

REGION VII

  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Mandaue City
  • Lapu-Lapu City

 

REGION IX

  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Isabela City

 

REGION XI

  • Davao City*
  • Davao de Oro*
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao Oriental

 

REGION XIII (CARAGA)

  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Butuan City

 

*Recommendations assuming similar risk classification prevails on May 14, 2020.

 

Moreover, Roque noted that the lifting of quarantine measures does not mean that things will return to normal as minimum health standards must still be observed such as wearing face masks and social distancing.

“While there is still no vaccine, minimum health standards must be observed. These are social distancing, good hygiene, temperature checks, and other precautionary measures prescribed by the [Department of Health],” he said in Filipino.

On the other hand, areas that remain high-risk for coronavirus transmissions like Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City will be placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine until May 31.

 

Check out the full document of the IATF resolution below:

 

As of today, there are 11,350 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, including 2,106 recoveries and 751 deaths.

 

—(Source: Inquirer)

Blayce helped launch WhatALife! Blog in late May 2019, publishing trendy lifestyle and entertainment articles, local and international news reports, as well as inspiring feature stories of successful individuals hailing from Cagayan de Oro City. A jack-of-all-trades, she is a part-time gamer, occasional guitar player, and a zombie-genre fanatic.

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