Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

Laguna has been placed again under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the strictest form of community quarantine, until August 20, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

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The decision to implement ECQ in Laguna was reached upon the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) consultation with the province’s local government, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force has extended the Enhanced Community Quarantine of Laguna until August 20, 2021,” Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, said in a press statement.

Laguna was initially placed under ECQ until August 15.

However, Roque announced Friday that the quarantine classification in the province de-escalated to modified ECQ (MECQ) from Aug. 16 to 31.

Roque, in his latest statement, said the IATF-EID has decided to impose ECQ in Laguna anew to curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and its other variants.

He said Executive Order 112, inked by President Rodrigo Duterte in April this year, gives the IATF-EID an authority to impose, lift, or extend a community quarantine in provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities.

“This latest ECQ re-classification was made to maximize its effects, slow down the surge of Covid-19 cases, further stop the spread of variants and improve health system capacity to protect more lives in the aforesaid area,” he said.

Hospitals in Laguna were overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients after the province experienced a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez earlier said Covid-19 cases in the province have already reached the “critical” level.

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