GCQ extended in Metro Manila for another month

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — The country’s capital region, which has been under varying degrees of lockdown since March, will retain its general community quarantine status until Nov. 30.

President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement in a taped address to the nation, following a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Metro Manila mayors earlier said they want to keep the region's GCQ status for the rest of the year, but with eased restrictions on movement, travel, and business. Over the past week, local governments in the NCR, except for Navotas City, have decided to trim their curfew hours to allow more businesses to recover.

Duterte likewise decided to keep the following areas under GCQ until end-November: Batangas, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Iligan City and Lanao del Sur.

Harry Roque, the spokesman of the country’s coronavirus task force, clarified in a briefing the new classifications are subject to appeal by local government units (LGUs), adding the LGUs have until Thursday to file their plea.

Roque said the quarantine statuses are based on the attack rates or the percentage of the population which catches the virus over a period, hospital utilization rates, as well as social and economic factors.

To date, the Philippines has tallied 371,630 COVID-19 cases, including 7,039 deaths and 328,258 recoveries. This means ill patients are currently at 36,333, which is nearly 10 percent of the total case count.