Iloilo City placed under MECQ until October 9

Malacañang announced that Iloilo City would be placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective Friday, September 25, until October 9.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this was the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases as formalized in its Resolution No. 74.

Iloilo City's local government had appealed to the national task force for the new lockdown, citing a "sudden increase of confirmed cases."

After October 9, the IATF-EID will be the entity that will decide on the city's next quarantine classification.

This is not the first time Iloilo City would be placed on lockdown. The local government had declared enhanced community quarantine back in March as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.

For months, Iloilo City was considered a sanctuary as it was able to keep cases down even as the pandemic was gaining a foothold in the rest of Western Visayas. –

Pia Ranada

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