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DOTr, DILG, DOH execs to discuss COVID-19 community quarantine rules


Officials of the road sector of the Department of Transportation will meet with interior and health officials on Friday to define the rules of the quarantine in Metro Manila, a spokesperson has said.

"We will update you once we have the guidelines already," Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran said on Friday night.

The DOTr made the pronouncement after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the community quarantine in the National Capital Region to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"Land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended after beginning March 15, 2020 and to end on April 14, 2020, alas dose subject to the daily review of the Inter-Agency Task Force," Duterte said in a televised address on Thursday night.

“The crisis is very, very clear,” Duterte said, following a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Duterte approved the imposition of stringent social distancing measures in Metro Manila for 30 days.

It was recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. 

The community quarantine is imposed in the entire Metro Manila.

Local Government Units (LGUs) in other areas are advised to abide by the following guidelines:

• A barangay-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two (2) positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay;
• A municipality/city-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two (2) positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different barangays in the same municipality/city;
• A province-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two (2) positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different municipalities, component cities or independent component cities in the same province; and
• LGUs, which have imposed community quarantine in their respective jurisdictions, upon the declaration of a State of Calamity, shall be allowed to access their Quick Response Fund.

 

The suspension of classes in all levels in Metro Manila is extended until April 12, 2020, with students remaining in their respective homes for the said duration.

Mass gatherings, defined as events where the number of people attending could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, shall be prohibited during the aforesaid period. —Jon Viktor Cabuenas/NB/KG, GMA News