Quarantine Updates for Metro Manila: All You Need To Know Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government:
Localized Enhanced Community Quarantine: Some cities in Metro Manila including Manila, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Pasig and Quezon City have imposed area- or barangay-specific local lockdowns. Please monitor their websites or Facebook pages for more information.
General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from March 22, 2021, through April 4, 2021:Luzon – National Capital Region including municipality of Pateros and provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
General Community Quarantine (GCQ) through March 31, 2021:
Luzon –Batangas, Baguio City, Apayao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Visayas –Tacloban City; and
Mindanao – Davao City, Iligan City, and Lanao Del Sur.
All other areas are under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
Read more at U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
(Quarantine Updates for Metro Manila, Marvill.com)
The resolution also gave the following additional guidelines:
- Limit of movement to essential travel
- Weddings, baptisms, funerals are limited to 10 persons
- 30% to 50% operational capacity for essential and non-essential sectors
- Dine-in restaurants, cafes, and establishments shall be limited to delivery, take-out, and any outdoor or distanced al fresco dining
- A common curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, except for workers, cargo vehicles, and public transportation
- People aged below 18 and above 65, pregnant women, those with comorbidities, and people living with these at-risk individuals are banned from leaving their homes unless for procuring essentials
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PHILIPPINE COVID-19 VARIANTS
A new SARS-CoV-2 variant has emerged once again, this time in the Philippines. The new variant bears a resemblance to the recently discovered Japanese variant (B.1.1.248) and the infamous Brazilian variant (P.1), known for its dangerous immune-escape capabilities. B.1.1.248 and the Philippine Variant (P.3) seem to be second and third-generation descendants of P.1. Here, we will detail the similarities that P.3 shares with its virological ancestors and other variants, as well as the unique mutations added to the genome.//Forbes
Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, member of the DOH technical advisory group, explained in an online media briefing that after the Philippine Genome Center detected 85 cases “with unique set of mutations,” they submitted the information to the global reporting system Phylogenetic Assignment of Named Global Outbreak Lineages (PANGOLIN).
Ong-Lim said health authorities need more data to say whether the P.3 variant is more transmissible or causes more severe disease and increased risk of death. She said it should not be called the “Philippine variant,” adding that the practice of using country names to refer to the variants should stop because it causes discrimination.
The DOH also confirmed the country’s first case of the P.1 variant first discovered in Brazil. The PGC found it in the samples of an overseas Filipino worker who returned from Brazil and hails from Western Visayas.
Aside from the P.1 and P.3 variants, also discovered in the recent samples are 59 more cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the United Kingdom, and 32 additional cases of the B.1.351 from South Africa. This brings the total number of UK variant cases to 177, while the country now has 90 cases of the South Africa variant. Both variants are believed to be more contagious.//CNN Philippines
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