NCR Plus 'bubble' still in ECQ until Apr. 11

The "National Capital Region Plus" will be continue to be on enhanced community quarantine status.  


Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran referred to an announcement made by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on the extension of the ECQ, placing NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal on strict community quarantine for one more week from April 5 until April 11, 2021.


The extension was recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 3, 2021.


OCTA Research, the group that tracks the country’s COVID-19 figures, also backed the extension of the ECQ.


Public transport will continue to be limited to restrict unnecessary travel under the extended ECQ. Select government offices and commercial businesses are also expected to operate at limited capacity.


Those residing in NCR and nearby provinces can expect intensified enforcement of the the "prevent, detect, isolate, treat, and reintegrate" (PDITR) strategy. On top of the existing curfews and guidelines, the reinforced PDITR strategy will include door-to-door operations to look for residents with symptoms, and subjecting them to PCR testing and isolation.


The ECQ classification in the succeeding weeks will be determined by factors like case numbers and healthcare utilization.


Monitoring of relevant data from concerned local government units will be headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), have been tasked to provide the data in the workplaces and establishments. Meanwhile, data on returning overseas Filipinos will be supervised by the Task Group on Management of Returning Overseas Filipinos (TG MROF).


The ECQ extension was the country’s answer to the surge of reported Covid-19 cases with an all-time-high record of 15,310 cases logged last week. 


Photo from Sec. Harry Roque Jr.'s Facebook Page


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