The provinces of Apayao, Aklan and Laguna have been placed under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until August 15 as the country continues to battle the surge in new COVID-19 cases brought by the Delta variant.
The entire Cebu province will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions also until August 15. Cebu City will remain under MECQ.
The quarantine classifications were read by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday night's Cabinet briefing.
In a July 29 resolution, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases placed Cebu province under MECQ, Apayao under GCQ and Aklan and Laguna under GCQ with heightened restrictions.
Metro Manila, meanwhile, will be under the strictest enhance community quarantine (ECQ) status from August 6 to 20.
Metro Manila registered an average of 1,394 new COVID-19 cases daily from July 26 to August 1, “a 46% increase from the previous week” during which 953 new infections were recorded each day, the OCTA Research group said Monday.
In their latest monitoring report, the independent team of experts said the reproduction number of the virus in Metro Manila rose to a “very high” 1.59. The figure refers to the number of people that each COVID-19 case can infect.
On Monday, the country's COVID-19 caseload increased to 1,605,762 after the Department of Health reported 8,167 new infections, marking the fourth straight day with over 8,000 new cases.—LDF, GMA News