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


After a two week lockdown, the Philippine Government is easing COVID-19 restrictions. Metro Manila and four other Philippine provinces will be placed under the so-called General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The GCQ is a less restrictive lockdown, compared to the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), which the Philippine Government had imposed after a record surge of new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

First introduced on May 1, 2020, the GCQ allows public transportation to operate at a reduced capacity.

Designated businesses, including shopping malls, are allowed to operate during the GCQ.

The Philippine Government had earlier placed the national capital region, including Metro Manila, under lockdown after representatives from the country’s medical community had appealed to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to allow frontline workers to recuperate.

The GCQ will be effective from Wednesday August 19, 2020 to Monday August 31, 2020.

The Philippines has recorded a total of 164,747 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 2,681 deaths.

More than half of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines have been identified in Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces.


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