Is Metro Manila shifting to GCQ come June 1?

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The government’s pandemic task force made it clear that it will base all decision on science for the community quarantine measures it will impose in Metro Manila, Malacañang said Monday after mayors said they support scaling down of restrictions.

Most National Capital Region mayors favor a shift to a general community quarantine (GCQ) by June, Parañaque Mayor and Metro Manila Council chairman Edwin Olivarez had said.

“Well, siyensiya po ang magiging basehan natin,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

[Science will be our basis.]

“Paulit-ulit ko pong sinasabi, iyong doubling rate ng COVID-19 kung patuloy pong bumagal at iyong ating kapasidad to provide critical care capacity at siyempre iyong concern sa ekonomiya. So antayin na lang po natin ang magiging desisyon ng IATF, ilang tulog na lang naman po iyan,” he added.

[I keep on saying that the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases, the capacity to provide critical care, and economic concerns will be our basis. Let’s wait for the IATF decision.]

To recall, on May 16, Metro Manila transitioned to a more relaxed modified enhanced community quarantine after a 2-month strict lockdown, as the government slowly reopened the ailing economy. The modified ECQ is set to expire on May 31.

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