Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — More than 100 days into community quarantine and it seems like Metro Manila is back on its feet. Precautions against the virus are apparent, with people mandated to masks and protective barriers are up in business establishments and transportation network vehicle services (TNVS). But apart from that, it looks like everything is business as usual.
On June 22, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board opened 15 routes around Metro Manila for modern jeepneys, with more routes added as the week progressed.
Dine-in services of food establishments in Metro Manila and other areas under general community quarantine have also partially resumed since June 15, as per the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Meanwhile, restaurants in areas under modified GCQ have also been allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity.
While a great part of the country seems to have eased back into its regular operations, with necessary observance to social distancing procedures, the pandemic may just be far from being contained. On June 21, the country has breached the 30,000-mark in recorded positive cases of COVID-19. Two days following this report, the Department of Health announced the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases, with a total of 1,150 new infections — 789 of which were reported as “fresh” cases. Central Visayas still holds the highest number of new cases. The region includes Cebu City, which has re-implemented the enhanced community quarantine set to last until the end of the month. As per this record, Metro Manila has the second largest number of new infections.
Plans on how the country will proceed for the next month — and whether the community quarantine will come to an end — are still pending.
Here are some snapshots around Metro Manila more than 100 days into community quarantine.