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:
Puerto Princesa City
Lanao del Norte
Cagayan de Oro City
General Santos City
Lanao del Sur
The presidential spokesperson also enumerated the moderate-risk provinces, which will be placed under general community quarantine until May 31, 2020:
Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Sur
Davao de Oro*
Davao del Norte
Davao del Sur
REGION XIII (CARAGA)
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
*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.
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As of today, there are 11,350 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, including 2,106 recoveries and 751 deaths.
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