Metro Manila to return to ‘stricter’ quarantine if hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases —Palace

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a group of people walking down the street: Cops walk down Ugbo street in Bgy. 96 of Tondo, Manila on Sunday, July 5, 2020 as they make rounds in an area that has been under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. DANNY PATA

© Danny Pata Cops walk down Ugbo street in Bgy. 96 of Tondo, Manila on Sunday, July 5, 2020 as they make rounds in an area that has been under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. DANNY PATA

Metro Manila may return to “stricter” community quarantine if hospitals in the capital region hit capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Monday. 

“We go back to stricter quarantine or provide more facilities,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online media forum when asked about the government’s possible action in case of strained hospital capacity.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has been under general community quarantine since June, which entailed easing of restrictions on public transport and businesses in a bid to move the economy forward. 

Previously, Metro Manila was under the enhanced community quarantine—the most restrictive form of lockdown—for more than two months.

The Department of Health (DOH) said that it will meet with hospital representatives on Monday to check the situation in their respective facilities. 

Based on DOH data as of June 30, Metro Manila’s critical care and isolation bed utilization were at 62.18%, while the doubling time for COVID-19 cases was 8.19 days.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III earlier said the country’s economic centers—Metro Manila and Calabarzon—should soon be placed under the more lenient modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) “as quickly as possible” to boost the economy amid the pandemic. 

The finance chief also advocated for a targeted lockdown of barangays and companies where there was a high number of coronavirus infections. 

Roque, however, said in a television interview last week that the quarantine status of NCR was not downgraded to MGCQ since the case doubling rate must be around 10 days. —KG, GMA News

This article Metro Manila to return to ‘stricter’ quarantine if hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases —Palace was originally published in GMA News Online.

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