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Metro Manila, Cebu City under GCQ until August 15

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In a recorded video streaming on July 31, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte declared another 15 days of general community quarantine (GCQ) for the National Capital Region until August 15, 2020.

From modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Duterte placed Cebu City under GCQ starting August 1.

Other areas under GCQ are Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal for Luzon; Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion for the Visayas; and Zamboanga City for Mindanao.

The rest of the country will be under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until August 15, 2020.

For NCR and Region IV-A to maintain their GCQ classification, the National Task Force (NTF), the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic Teams will implement in areas with high community transmission a strictly localized lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Also part of the measures are stringent enforcement of minimum health standards; massive targeted testing, intensified tracing, and quarantine of close contacts; isolation of confirmed cases; and strict adherence to Oplan Kalinga implementation.

Government hospitals in NCR and Region 1V-A are directed to increase their hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 up to 30-50% while private hospitals are enjoined to increase their hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 up to 20-30%.

The Department of Health will monitor the compliance of hospitals in these areas and to the One Hospital Command System in NCR, Region III, and Region IV-A.

The local government units (LGUs) are directed to submit daily updates and weekly comprehensive reports containing daily trends of active cases, number, and percent of population; cases in community isolation facility vs. health facility vs home for priority areas or barangays under localized lockdown.

Included data to be submitted by LGUs are percent of close contacts traced and percent of contacts in quarantine; number of utilization of community isolation beds; met health system capacity targets utilization; and COVID Special Teams investigations and results.

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