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Metro Manila, 15 other areas under MECQ until September 7

/ 09:31 AM August 28, 2021
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MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until September 7, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Saturday.

In a statement, Roque said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) “retained the modified enhanced community quarantine status of the National Capital Region.”

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Also under MECQ from until the said period are Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal, Laguna, Aklan, Iloilo province, Iloilo City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Cagayan de Oro City.

Roqueadded that Metro Manila, Bataan and Laguna “shall have added restrictions on dining, personal care services and religious activities.”

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Meanwhile, the following areas were placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions:

-Ilocos Sur
-Cagayan
-Quezon
-Batangas
-Naga City
-Antique
-Bacolod City
-Capiz
-Cebu Province
-Negros Oriental
-Zamboanga del Sur
-Misamis Oriental
-Davao City
-Davao del Norte
-Davao Occidental
-Davao de Oro
-Butuan City

Twenty-five areas were placed under the normal GCQ:

-Baguio City
-Santiago City
-Quirino
-Isabela
-Nueva Vizcaya
-Tarlac
-Puerto Princesa
-Guimaras
-Negros Occidental
-Zamboanga Sibugay
-Zamboanga City
-Zamboanga del Norte
-Davao Oriental
-Davao del Sur
-General Santos City
-Sultan Kudarat
-Sarangani
-North Cotabato
-South Cotabato
-Agusan del Norte
-Agusan del Sur
-Surigao del Norte
-Surigao del Sur
-Dinagat Islands
-Cotabato City

“All other areas shall be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). This latest community quarantine classification shall take effect beginning September 1 until September 7, 2021, pending a change in community quarantine guidelines,” said Roque.

The restrictions were set in place amid rising COVID-19 cases.

The Philippines has 142,531 active COVID-19 cases, including additional 17,447 cases on Friday—the second highest single-day record since the start of the pandemic.

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