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PBA suspends games due to soaring Delta COVID-19 cases

Beatrice Go
PBA suspends games due to soaring Delta COVID-19 cases

DELAYED. TNT and Phoenix were the last teams to play before the league suspension.

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The PBA suspends games as Metro Manila will be placed under ECQ starting August 6

The PBA temporarily suspended the Philippine Cup games starting Wednesday, August 4, due to the rising COVID-19 Delta variant cases in the country.

The decision was made after the government placed National Capital Region (NCR) under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened and additional restrictions from July 30 to August 5, followed by an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20.

The PBA , though, submitted a request to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to temporarily transfer its closed-circuit season to Lipa City, Batangas when NCR goes into ECQ, the highest form of lockdown in the Philippines.

The games are currently held in a closed-circuit system, where the teams are only restricted to traveling from home to practice facilities and the venue at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Before the games were suspended, TNT continued its undefeated streak with an 84-80 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

Magnolia is currently on top with a 4-0 record, while the Tropang Giga follow behind at second place with a 3-0 slate. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.