Iloilo City placed under 15-day MECQ effective Sept. 25

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — Iloilo City will be placed under a stricter form of quarantine for about two weeks starting Sept. 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus infection in the province.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases released Resolution No. 74 on Thursday, placing the Western Visayas city under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until Oct. 9.

The recommendation came after Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said Thursday in a Facebook post that their COVID Team recommended the city be put under modified enhanced community quarantine beginning September 24.

Early in the day, the advice was to shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) from the lowest level of restriction.

The mayor said the city recorded 73 coronavirus infections on Wednesday alone. Of the number, 55 were acquired locally from an unknown source.

Metro Manila, as well as Bulacan, Batangas and Tacloban City, are under GCQ until the end of the month, while Iligan City, Bacolod City, and Lanao del Sur are under the stricter MECQ up to Sept. 30. Non-essential travel and activities in areas under MECQ are prohibited.

The rest of the country are under modified GCQ, the most relaxed type of movement restriction classification in the country.