Pres. Duterte places NCR, more Luzon areas under GCQ, as other areas shift to Modified GCQ starting June 1

Davao City to remain under GCQ

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Filipino nation on Thursday night, May 28, 2020. (Courtesy PCOO)


(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday night, May 28, that Metro Manila will be placed under General Community Quarantine starting June 1, and that three other regions in Luzon — Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON — will also be placed under GCQ.

In his televised address to the Filipino nation on Thursday night, May 28, President Duterte also said that the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay will be under GCQ. Davao City will also remain under GCQ, he said.

“The NCR (National Capital Region) will be placed under General Community quaranting starting June 1. Davao City will remain GCQ. Other areas under GCQ are Regions 2,3,4-A, and the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay, “until we have reviewed the general situation,” President Duterte said.

“The rest of the country will be placed under modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ),” he announced.

-Duterte tells nation to remember that COVID is still in the air-

President Duterte also reminded the public “that the entire nation is still under quarantine.”

“The COVID microbes are still in the air,” the 75-year old Philippine leader stressed as he warned Filipinos not to violate community quarantine protocols in their areas.

“The state has every right to control your movement if you pass on the contagion to the other population,” Duterte said, as he said that it is important for every Filipino to be aware that the the virus which causes COVID-19 is easily transmittable.

He called on Filipinos to wear a mask, and warned those who will disregard this rule.

“For you to pass on the virus, pass it to another guy, that is different. That is where the right of the state comes in to prevent a contagion,” President Duterte said.

“It is the survival of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

-Spike in cases explained –

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the record 539 cases added on Thursday, May 28, are because of the validated cases from the Department of Health’s backlog.¬† As of 4 p.m., the total COVID-19 cases reached¬†15,588, and 11,069 of these are active cases.

He said that around 90 percent of the COVID-19 cases are only “mild”, and that only two percent have “severe to critical cases.”

Duque said that 7.3 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the country are asymptomatic

Sa kasalukyan, ang health system capacity natin ay sapat,” he said.

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