The ongoing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed in Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal will be extended for another week or up to April 11, 2021.
The ECQ over Metro Manila and the four provinces was supposed to end on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Palace Spokesman Harry Roque made the official announcement over state-run PTV on the extension of the ECQ over Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna and Rizal to April 11, 2021.
The decision to extend the ECQ over the aforementioned areas comes after the OCTA Research Group said that more time is needed to stop the spikes in Covid-19 cases.
“We recommend that the ECQ be extended by two weeks, as it is not clear and it is crystal to everyone that based on the data, neither the R is going down significantly and the hospital utilization going down significantly,” Professor Ranjit Rye, founder of Octa Research, said.R is the R-naught or the reproduction number, which is the transmission rate of a disease, where the number equals how many people a patient can infect, where an R-naught of one means each patient can infect another potential patient. SOVEREIGNPH