Quarantine in Apayao, Benguet and Cagayan tightened from May 10-23

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) — The provinces of Apayao, Benguet and Cagayan will be shifting to tighter community quarantine restrictions beginning today in light of rising COVID-19 cases, as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

IATF Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the three areas shall be under a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from May 10 to 23, in line with the body’s Resolution No. 114-C.

“The risk-level classifications of the aforementioned provinces shall be without prejudice to their reclassification as may be warranted and the declaration of localized Enhanced Community Quarantine in critical areas,” read the issuance.

In a Facebook post over the weekend, the Cagayan provincial information office said the IATF has pointed out to Governor Manuel Mamba that the province was among high-risk areas with the surge in infections, particularly in Tuguegarao City.

“Nababahala din ang IATF sa hindi bumababang kaso ng COVID-19 sa Tuguegarao na may epekto na sa pagdami ng kaso sa ibat ibang bayan,” the post read.

[Translation: The IATF is also disturbed with the never-ending rise in COVID-19 cases in Tuguegarao, which also has an effect on the increase of cases in other places.]

Benguet is likewise facing a spike in confirmed cases while fatalities “have been increasing.” A three-year old girl from Buguias, Benguet passed away this May 7, noted the province’s PIO.

The three provinces were originally under the more relaxed general community quarantine for the entire May prior their reclassification.