PH slowly winning fight against COVID-19, Roque says

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announces during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that the Philippines has topped World Energy Council’s (WEC) World Energy Trilemma Index 2017 on environmental sustainability for the third consecutive year. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines is slowly making significant achievements in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he himself was confident in the effectivity of quarantine measures implemented by the national government in battling Covid-19.

Only less than 10 people are dying daily of the disease, he said.

“Nagkakaroon naman tayo ng gains laban dito sa Covid-19 (We are having gains in the fight against Covid-19),” Roque proudly claims.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night placed Cebu City and Talisay City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified ECQ (MECQ), respectively, until June 30 to arrest the spread of Covid-19.

The general community quarantine (GCQ) classification, on the other hand, was retained in Metro Manila; the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor; and the cities of Santiago, Olongapo, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Zamboanga, and Davao.

The rest of the country remains under modified GCQ (MGCQ).

Roque explained that the decision to impose ECQ in Cebu City was based on “science and data.”

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