MANILA (UPDATE)- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday placed Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again starting June 16, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
This, after the Inter-Agency Task Force recommended the escalation of Cebu City's quarantine level due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city, as well as widespread community transmission in its barangays.
Cebu City will remain under ECQ until June 30, while Talisay City, also in Cebu province, was also placed under modified enhanced community quarantine until the end of the month, Roque said.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said additional police forces may be deployed in Cebu City to ensure the proper implementation of the ECQ.
“Ang ating atensyon na binibigyan ngayon ay ang Cebu City, ang Talisay, dahil nagkaroon talaga ng spike, at iniisip ko na magdagdag pa ng mga additional na kapulisan dito sa Cebu City para siguradong maipatupad ang ECQ,” he said.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine.
From June 1 to 15, Metro Manila and Cebu City were placed under GCQ to revive the country's bruised economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost all industries except for leisure and amusement services are allowed to operate in GCQ areas but in varying levels, based on the guidelines of the inter-agency task force.
For MECQ, the movement of people will be limited to essential services and going to work.--With a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News
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