Over 1,200 police personnel were deployed to 89 quarantine control points across Metro Manila. Photo by JL JAVIER
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, August 6) — Increased alert levels, new Delta variant cases, and traffic jams are some of the things that greeted Metro Manila as it went back into an Enhanced Community Quarantine for the third time.
The Department of Health identified 37 areas under Alert Level 4 due to increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The indentified areas include eight Metro Manila cities: Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Pateros, Malabon, Taguig, Quezon City, Makati and San Juan. The alert level indicates “moderate-to-critical risk, and the COVID-19 beds are more than 70% occupied.”
For the first time since April 17, COVID-19 transmission surpassed 10,000 new cases. The DOH reported 10,623 new cases with an 18.4 percent positivity rate. The DOH also confirmed that the Delta variant has been detected in nine out of the 17 regions in the country. As of August 6, there are 119 new Delta variant cases detected, which raises the total to 450.
As authorities have set up checkpoints in borders in ECQ areas to determine whether commuters are on essential trips, some people have reported long lines and waiting times. Some have even resorted to walking because jeeps are hard to come by.
"Nahirapan akong sumakay ngayon. Walang jeep, kita niyo naman walang dumadaan," Weng Rosales told CNN Philippines. (It's hard to find rides. There are no jeepneys passing).
Over 1,200 police personnel were deployed to man the 89 quarantine control points across Metro Manila.
Prior to the ECQ, authorities have announced requirements for drivers who will continue reporting for work as APORs (Authorized Persons Outside Residences). These requirements include a certificate of employment from their employers, a business permit to certify that they belong to the industries allowed to operate during ECQ, as well as the “identity, vehicle, and contact number of the workers' designated driver.”
Below are scenes from Metro Manila as it closes its first day back in ECQ.
As Metro Manila enters its third iteration of ECQ, it’s business as usual for Verdant Market in Las Piñas City. Photo by JL JAVIER
The vaccination rollout continues at the designated sites all over Metro Manila through the ECQ. Photo by JL JAVIER
Long queues form outside a vaccination center in Las Piñas City as walk-ins try if they can get their first dose. Photo by JL JAVIER
A fruit seller and a tricycle driver waiting for customers in Binondo, Manila. Photo by JL JAVIER
Under ECQ, fewer businesses and establishments are allowed to operate with tightened health restrictions. Photo JL JAVIER
Some cities in Metro Manila have reinstated the quarantine pass, which limits the number of people who can go out to get essential goods. Photo by JL JAVIER
A woman pauses for a moment of prayer outside Quiapo Church. Plaza Miranda is currently off limits to pedestrians, but the surrounding streets remain bustling with fruit and vegetable vendors. Photo by JL JAVIER
Commuters in Pasay stand on the sides of EDSA while waiting for jeepneys. Photo by JL JAVIER
The MRT requires commuters to fill out contact tracing forms and to present employment or residential documents. Photo by JL JAVIER
For this ECQ, the DOTr has permitted public utility vehicles and other transportation systems to continue to operate with a limited capacity. Photo by JL JAVIER
Establishments and shops that sell essential goods, such as groceries and hardware stores, remain open. Photo by JL JAVIER
At 5 p.m., normally rush hour, the traffic along EDSA Guadalupe in Makati appears light. Photo by JL JAVIER
A uniformed policeman reminds jeepney passengers to observe social distancing and health regulations. Photo by JL JAVIER
A jeepney terminal in Mandaluyong with a long line of commuters trying to get home after the work day. Photo by JL JAVIER