Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite will stay under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until May 14, announced President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, April 28, in a recorded public address.
Below are the complete quarantine classifications he announced. The list has been updated to include decisions reached by the task force on Thursday, April 29, following appeals of local governments.
Earlier, Metro Manila mayors had backed a "hybrid" MECQ in which travel in and out of Metro Manila would be restricted but more businesses would be allowed to operate.
DOH and other medical experts, including former health secretary Manuel Dayrit, had said it was prudent to retain MECQ since hospitals continued to be at critical ICU occupancy rates, and new daily cases have continued to soar past 5,000.
Experts, however, noted a downward trend in infections, as indicated by a reproduction number of less than one the previous week. A reproduction number lower than one is ideal as this means one infected person tends to infect less people. – Rappler.com
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