Authorities have announced Manila will be under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 21 until the end of the month.
The Philippines.- Despite a high record of daily Covid-19 cases, President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to ease current countermeasures in Manila from August 21 until the end of the month.
The Capital city will move from the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) following a recommendation from the country’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
It is still unknown if casinos in Entertainment City will be allowed to reopen their doors. Most of them decided to temporarily close after the government announced new measures on August 6.
Harry Roque, the Presidential spokesperson, said the new countermeasures will allow higher operating capacity in some businesses. However, under the so-called enhanced community quarantine, indoor services will remain closed at least for now.
According to the Ministry of Health, 144,895 new Covid-19 cases were detected during the last 24 hours.
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