Wed. Aug 4th, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) group still sees the need to extend for another two weeks the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan, citing that hospitals remain crowded with patients infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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The NCR and the four provinces are collectively known as NCR Plus.

“If we look at the data, I firmly believe that we should extend the MECQ for another week or two since our health system capacity has not yet improved much as of now,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said on Monday.

The current MECQ in NCR Plus will end on April 30, 2022.

“Let us continue the MECQ so we can see a bigger decrease in cases and possibly reverse the trend completely,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila mayors have yet to finalize their recommendation on the next quarantine status for the NCR, as they are awaiting data from the country’s economic managers. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) earlier reported that about 1 million workers have yet to return to their jobs as a result of the MECQ. SOVEREIGNPH

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