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28 May 2020 | 11:25 PM UTC

Philippines: Authorities ease lockdown in Metro Manila from June 1 /update 22

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Authorities ease COVID-19 lockdown in Metro Manila from June 1; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/28/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Metro Manila

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Event

On Thursday, May 28, authorities announced that the total lockdown in Metro Manila imposed amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, will be eased from Monday, June 1, from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) to a General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Checkpoints, restrictions, and curfews will remain in place in certain areas and districts.

According to reports, high-risk districts deemed as 'critical zones' will remain under lockdown. Additionally, districts that report two or more cases of COVID-19 per week, will also remain under strict shelter-at-home restrictions. Individuals living in Metro Manila will be permitted to leave their homes without a quarantine pass to buy essential goods and utilize services. Public transport will be allowed to operate at a limited capacity and movement in and out of Manila will be permitted for essential purposes, providing that individuals wear face masks and observe social distancing. Checkpoints will remain in place and airports will remain closed for both domestic and international flights.

Several sectors and businesses will be permitted to reopen, including some retail outlets and shopping centers. Restaurants will remain limited to delivery and takeaway services only. Schools, universities, tourist destinations, salons, spas, cinemas, bars, and clubs will remain closed.

As of May 28, there are 15,588 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Philippines and 921 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.  

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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