Baguio, Cebu City mayors seek reclassification of cities' community quarantine status starting June 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) – The mayors of Baguio City and Cebu City have appealed to the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) to reconsider the forms of community quarantine imposed in their areas effective June 1.

IATF Resolution No. 40 recommended that Baguio City be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) until June 15.

"Considering that Baguio is relatively successful in implementing COVID-19 response and management measures within our borders, we are inclined to seek a reconsideration of our classification before the IATF Screening and Validation Committee," read mayor Benjamin Magalong's appeal to the body to place Baguio City under the less stricter modified general community quarantine instead.

Magalong added that out of the city's 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 29 have fully recovered from the disease.

"[W]e have only 2 active cases who remain in non-critical condition, while our 1 fatality was immunocompromised as she had tuberculosis as an underlying condition," said the mayor in his appeal. He added that the city's case doubling time is 24.44 days.

Among the things Baguio City was also able to accomplish in its fight against the coronavirus include ramping up mass testing, identifying areas of concentration for the illness, formulating health and safety protocols for each sector, and establishing a central triage center to assess the health conditions of people entering the city and two isolation units.

"With the steps we have already taken, the innovations we seek to accomplish, and the disciplined character of the Cordilleran people, you are assured that the City of Baguio will be exemplary in the implementation of MGCQ regulations," stated Magalong in his appeal.

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella also filed an appeal to the regional IATF asking that the city be placed under GCQ instead of the national IATF's recommendation of modified ECQ.

EMBED: Edgar Labella's appeal to IATF seeking reconsideration of MECQ status

"As of May 27, 2020, the COVID-19 cases in the City is at 2,013 but the deaths remain at 25, or a case fatality rate of 1.2%," read the mayor's appeal.

Among the other reasons Labella cited in the appeal are the city's 19.6% case recovery rate and case doubling time of more than seven days.

There is also a significant indication of a continuous reduction of additional cases in Cebu City, he added.

"Given the foregoing, it is but a logical step for the City Government to transition into General Community Quarantine but with the corollary discretion to place under segmental and sequential lockdown critical areas," said mayor's appeal.

Mayors and governors were given until 5 p.m. today (May 28) to appeal the quarantine scheme which the IATF recommended for their city, municipality, or province.