The latest ECQ is the third round of hard lockdowns in Metro Manila. The previous ECQs were enforced in March 2020 and March 2021.
The National Capital Region returned to a rigid enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on Friday midnight, August 6. The lockdown would be enforced until August 20.
The latest ECQ is the third round of hard lockdowns clamped on Metro Manila and nearby areas. Similar strict lockdowns were enforced in March 2020 and March 2021.
The national government aimed to prevent the spread of the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant that is said to be 40% to 60% more infectious than the Alpha variant first detected in the United Kingdom.
The Department of Health (DOH) said Friday, that the Delta variant was now present in all 17 local government units of Metro Manila.
Check out how the streets of Metro Manila looked during the first day of ECQ, in photos: