Duterte to meet Cabinet over appeal to revert Metro Manila to ECQ: Palace


Posted at Aug 02 2020 02:47 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2020 03:21 PM

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte will meet several Cabinet members on Sunday to discuss the appeal of health workers to place Metro Manila under a strict lockdown as the capital continued to see a surge of COVID-19 cases.

"The President will meet today with key cabinet members today to discuss yesterday’s letter from the frontliners," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

"I will make the proper announcement in due course," he added.

On Saturday, health workers overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients needing hospital care urged government to shift Metro Manila back to enhanced community quarantine for 2 weeks.

The health professionals said the country's health care system has been overwhelmed, with hospitals temporarily closing to decongest and health workers falling ill.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has said government would do more to "care for our carers" with detailed plans for support, such as lodging, transportation, food and provision of protective equipment.

On Saturday, the Philippines reported 4,963 new cases, a third day of record-high COVID-19 infections that raised the nationwide total to 98,232.