The Metro Manila Council (MMC) will study more data before deciding on whether to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or lower the classification in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, the MMC chair, said the mayors of NCR’s 16 cities and lone municipality will meet with the Department of Health (DOH) and other experts about four days before Aug. 20, the ECQ’s supposed last day.
“We will look at data because all Metro Manila mayors are deciding based on the health data presented,” Olivarez said in an interview during the launch of the Nayong Pilipino drive-thru vaccination center in Parañaque City on Thursday.
“If we will see a reduction on cases, gradually our quarantine will be lowered but definitely it will not be a GCQ that’s why we will look at the data,” he said.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said it is still premature to discuss the extension of ECQ in Metro Manila “given the absence of data at this point”.
In an interview on Wednesday, Duque said health authorities must have to collect sufficient data within the ECQ period.
“Our basis is consistently the fresh data and the recommendation of analytics. We look at the data everyday to see how fast the Covid virus is spreading,” he said.
Duque said transmission must be measured through the two-week growth metric and average daily attack rate.
The risk of the population that is susceptible to Covid-19 will also be considered, he added.
“In the absence of these data, we cannot, at this point, say there’s a possibility for ECQ to be extended,” Duque said.