President Duterte Places Metro Manila, Nearby Areas Under MECQ Starting August 4, 2020

President Duterte had placed Metro Manila and other nearby areas under MECQ starting August 4, 2020.

President Rodrigo Duterte had placed Metro Manila and other nearby areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) for 15 days starting Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

This, as President Duterte said in a briefing on Sunday night that Metro Manila — as well as Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal — had been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine until August 18, 2020.


President Duterte’s decision came after medical frontliners had asked for Metro Manila to place under ECQ for two weeks in order for them to give time to rest and “recalibrate strategies” against the coronavirus disease.

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The Department of Health on Sunday reported 5,032 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the country to 103,185. Moreover, the DOH reported 35,569 active cases, 65,557 total recoveries, and 2,059 total deaths as of 4:00 p.m. of August 2, 2020.

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were considered as high-risk areas because of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in those areas.

Meanwhile, an official from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that the “earliest time” that the Philippines will have a COVID-19 vaccine was on July 2021.

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