Philippines eases COVID-19 restrictions, returns to GCQ on August 19

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After two weeks, the Philippine Government has decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the country’s national capital region. Metro Manila and four provinces will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) starting on August 19.

The Philippine Government had placed Metro Manila under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) after the country experienced record breaking numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The country will be placed under eased restrictions after members of the medical community voiced their concerns, with members working non-stop since the start of the pandemic.

The country was first placed under GCQ on May 1, 2020. Under the GCQ, certain businesses can operate under reduced capacity.

Public transportation is also allowed to operate as long as public health measures are enforced.

The GCQ will be effective on Wednesday August 19, 2020 and remain in place until Monday, August 31, 2020.

The Philippines currently has a total of 164,747 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The death toll in the Philippines currently stands at 2,681.

A majority of the Philippines’ confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.


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