COVID-19 task force backtracks anew, places low-risk areas under GCQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — In yet another change in policy, the COVID-19 task force has placed under general community quarantine several provinces and cities earlier classified as "low risk areas."

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Thursday that the Inter-Agency Task Force decided to place 37 provinces and 11 cities, including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, under GCQ from May 16 to 31.

This is the second revision of rules released by the IATF.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said these areas will be placed under "modified GCQ," taking back the earlier announcement that areas deemed as low-risk will no longer be placed on any form of community quarantine.

The following areas will be under GCQ from May 16 to 31:

- Region 1: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Dagupan City

- Region 4-B: Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City

Region 5: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Legazpi City, Naga City

- Region 6: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, Bacolod City

- Region 8: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Southern Leyte, Ormoc City, Tacloban City

- Region 10: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City

- Region 12: North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos City

- BARMM: Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato City

Metro Manila, the province of Laguna, and Cebu City will be under modified enhanced community quarantine, while other parts of the country with low- to moderate-risk of COVID-19 contamination will be placed under general community quarantine.