As community quarantine measures in different parts of the country shift in name and strictness every so often, people are asking whether they can travel to and from areas under different levels of quarantine.
Guidelines for movement within and among areas in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), general community quarantine (GCQ), and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) have been laid out by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). (READ: EXPLAINER: What's modified ECQ and modified GCQ?)
On Friday, July 30, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that Metro Manila would be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened and additional restrictions from July 30 to August 5, then under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20.
As of Friday, the country’s total COVID-19 caseload is at 1,580,824. The Philippines has 216 known cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant, but there are concerns that the actual number may be far higher, as the Philippine Genome Center is only sequencing a small percentage of the positive cases.
As of July 25, 17,202,421 vaccines have been administered in the Philippines, with 11,113,107 having received their first dose and 6,089,314 having received their second dose. – Rappler.com
JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.