Laguna to stay under ECQ until August 20

Vernise Tantuco

BLOOD TEST. In this file photo, a health worker examines a blood sample with a rapid antibody test kit for COVID-19 at the City Hall of Sta. Rosa, Laguna on May 21, 2020.

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Instead of lowering to an MECQ, the IATF decides to extend Laguna’s ECQ until August 20, to slow down the surge of COVID-19 cases

The province of Laguna will remain under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until August 20, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced on Saturday, August 14. 

Laguna’s quarantine classification was supposed to be de-escalated from the rigid ECQ to modified community quarantine (MECQ) starting August 16 until August 31. 

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However, Roque said that the COVID-19 Task Force (IATF) decided to extend ECQ in the province upon the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, after consultation with the local government in Laguna. The reclassification was made to maximize the effects of the quarantine measures, slow down the surge of COVID-19 cases, and stop the spread of COVID-19 variants in the area. 

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 14,249 new cases on Saturday, the second highest recorded infections in a single day after 15,310 on April 2, 2021.This brings the country’s total COVID-19 caseload 1,727,231, 98,847 of which are active cases or currently sick. 

As of Saturday, the country’s total death toll due to COVID-19 was at 30,070, while total recoveries were at 1,598,314.


Vernise Tantuco

Vernise Tantuco is on Rappler's Research Team, fact checking suspicious claims, wrangling data, and telling stories that need to be heard.