The government has decided to place the whole of Metro Manila under the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), from August 6 to 20, 2021.
Until August 5, Metro Manila will be under the general community quarantine “subject to heightened and additional restrictions,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said.
The move follows call by the OCTA Research group that the government to place Metro Manila under a “circuit-breaking” lockdown to stop the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases that is possibly fuelled by the Delta variant.
This, however, has been opposed by business groups.
OCTA Research group’s Dr. Guido David noted that “there are a lot more transmissions now compared what is being reported,” adding that genome sequencing that could determine the kind of coronavirus variant an infected person has, needs two weeks to produce a result.
“We recommended a stricter quarantine because if we can beat this, we should be ok,” he said in a television interview.”My feeling is we should be ok until the end of the year and until next year because we will have more people vaccinated and we will have booster shots available in case some people are worried that the virus may come back. I don’t think so, we will have booster shots, it will address the variants and we should have a normal 2022. That’s the goal here,” he added.