Duterte keeps Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine


Posted at Jul 01 2020 12:22 AM | Updated as of Jul 01 2020 01:40 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said Cebu City will remain under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until July 15 amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion, also in Cebu province, were also placed under general community quarantine until July 15.

In a televised public address, Duterte said the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Cebu City was because of the residents' disregard for quarantine protocols.

Duterte said Cebu emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot due to rising coronavirus infections there.

"Cebu is now the hotspot for COVID. Bakit?... Marami sa inyo ang hindi sumunod," he said.

Cebu City has recorded the most number of COVID-19 cases in the country, with 4,639 reported as of June 29. It is followed by Quezon City (3,212), Manila (2,309), Cebu (1,062) and Makati City (972).

Duterte also took to task Talisay City in Cebu, which he said was allegedly nonchalant on the risk of COVID-19.

"Talisay was like a marketplace every day. Nag-iinuman kayo diyan, nagsusugal, almost nonchalant of the dangers that are lurking around," he said.

The rest of Cebu province is under modified general community quarantine.

From June 1 to June 15, Metro Manila and Cebu City were placed under GCQ to revive the country's bruised economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

From June 16 until June 30, Cebu City was placed under ECQ as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continued to increase.

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.